Tane, god of the forest, used his head and feet to separate his parents.
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According to the Maori people of New Zealand, Rangi was the Sky Father
and his wife was the Mother Earth, Papa
. At the beginning of time, Rangi
and Papa were always together.
Rangi wanted this embrace to prevent the creation of the world. Their divine
children, like Tangaroa the god of the sea
, and others could not escape from their grasp.
The trapped gods tried in
vain several times to separate their parents until it was the turn of the god
of forest, Tane. Pushing away his father with his head and his mother with
his feet, Tane finally succeeded. He then set the Sun and the Moon, and
decorated the heavens with stars. Tane was also the one who created the
first woman called Hine, whom he married.
Their children were the first Polynesian people. One of Tane's brothers, the god of winds Tawhiri, did not want his parents to be separated and expressed his wrath hurling storms and hurricanes against Tane's forests.
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