Story: Ranginui – the sky

‘Papa and Wakea’

‘Papa and Wakea’

In Hawaiian tradition Wakea, the sky father, married Papa, whom he formed into Papahanaumoku, the earth mother. This depiction of the myth was painted by Solomon Enos, an indigenous Hawaiian artist.

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Mixed media by Solomon Enos

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How to cite this page:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ranginui – the sky - Polynesian myths', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 August 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 12 Jun 2006