Rangi and Papan (Myths and Legends of the World)
In Polynesian mythology, Rangi (Father Sky) and Papa (Mother Earth) were the two supreme creator They were the source from which all things in the universe originated, including other gods, humans, and the various creatures and features of the earth. Rangi and Papa played an especially important role in the mythology of the Maori people of New Zealand.
According to Maori mythology, Rangi and Papa were created from two primalearliest; existing before other things beingse Po (night) and Te Kore (emptiness)ho existed in a darkness of before the creation of the universe. From the beginning, Rangi and Papa were locked together in a tight and continuing embrace. Into the darkness between their bodies sprang many offspring, including numerous gods.
Trapped between the bodies of their parents, the deities had little space to move around and no light to see. Weary of this situation, the offspring discussed how they could escape the confines of their existence. Tu, the god of war, suggested that they kill Rangi and Papa, but Tane, the god of the forests, had a different solution. Tane suggested that they make space for themselves by separating their parents. The other gods agreed with this plan except for the wind god Tawhiri, who roared his disapproval.
Several of the gods attempted to separate Rangi and Papa. The first...
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