In the creation tradition, Papatūānuku (earth mother) and Ranginui (sky father) were locked in an embrace, and were later separated by their children. This lintel, carved in the Bay of Plenty in the 1850s, depicts Papatūānuku and Ranginui during the creation period. The spirals show light coming into the world.
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