In one tradition Auahi-roa (a comet) married Mahuika – goddess of fire and the grandmother of Māui. Their children were the fingernails of fire on Mahuika’s hand. Years later, Māui retrieved the fingernails and planted them in the trees used for making fire. This image is by Peter Gossage.
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Reference: Peter Gossage, How Maui found the secret of fire: Te kiteanga o te kaapura. Auckand: Lansdowne Rigby, 1984.
Artwork by Peter Gossage
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