Story: Te Ao Mārama – the natural world

Sunset at Te Kaha

Sunset at Te Kaha

The sun disappears below the horizon at Te Kaha. The daily cycle of sunrise and sunset featured strongly in the Māori world view. The rising of the sun and the east were linked with life, and the setting of the sun and west with death. The sun was known as Tamanui-te-rā.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Te Ao Mārama – the natural world - The traditional Māori world view', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2023)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007