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Tane, god of the forest, used his head and feet to separate his parents.
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Rangi

The Maori people of New Zealand believe that at the beginning of time the sky was so in love with the Earth that they were always embracing each other. The sky was male and his name was Rangi; the Earth was female and was named Papa.

Their endless and close embrace trapped their children inside their mother, Papa. Tane, the god of forest, finally broke free by pushing upward with his head and downward with his feet. Once separated, the sky and the Earth assumed their present position.

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