Rona was the daughter of the sea god Tangaroa
. She was the Tide Controller.
One night she was carrying a bucket with stream water back home to her
children, when the path became dark. The Moon slipped behind the clouds
making it impossible to see anything. As Rona was walking, she hit her
foot against a root that was sticking out of the ground. She was so upset
that she couldn't see the root, she made some unkind remarks about
The Moon heard her remarks and put a curse on the Maori people.
The Moon grabbed Rona and her water bucket. Many people today see a
woman with a bucket in the Moon. It is said that when Rona upsets her bucket,
it rains. This Maori story symbolizes the influence of the Moon on the rain
and on the waters of the Earth, and especially on the tides.
In a separate Maori myth, a man named Rona went to the Moon to find his wife. To this day, the two take turns eating each other. This is how the phases of the Moon were explained.
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