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Retold and illustrated by Peter Gossage
Many sons were born
into the darkness between them, including:
Some of the brothers tired of their They decided something must be done.
cramped, dark life between their parents.
“Let us kill our parents, “
“No, we cannot kill them, " “We should leave
said Tawhirimatea. things as they are, "
“Perhaps we can
push them apart. “
Flongo agreed. said Time.
Tangaroa tried first, but he could not lift Rangi. Tu tried next, but he could not move Flangi either.
Even though he heaved and strained,
he could not move his father.
Tawhirimatea sadly sat and watched. Then came Tane‘s turn.
He felt it was cruel to try and He tried to push his father away from his mother.
separate their parents But he could not.
Then he had an idea. with 3" almighty h93Ve.
He lay on his back and pressed his feet he straightened his legs.
against his father‘s chest.
Rangi ﬂew up into the air,
and light streamed in.
Tu became god of man and war.
Then Tane clothed his mother
in trees, flowers and ferns
and dressed his father with
rainbows, clouds, stars,
and the sun and the moon.
guardian spirit of the forest.
Tangaroa became guardian of the sea.
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god of winds and storms.
and Range became god of peace and agriculture.
guardian spirit of
wild and uncultivated foods . . .
Now, when it rains, the Maori say
that Rangi, the sky father,
is crying for his lost love,
Papa, the earth mother.
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