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Whakapapa of trees and plants

Whakapapa of trees and plants

The Māori world view was based on whakapapa (genealogy), which included the natural world as well as the human. This whakapapa shows the family history of various trees, all of whom were children of Tāne, god of the forest, and his sequence of wives. Tāne in turn was one of the children of Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatūānuku (the earth mother), who were the founding parents.

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Source: Elsdon Best, Maori religion and mythology. Vol. 2. Wellington: Dominion Museum, 1976, pp. 271-272

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Jock Phillips, 'Ideas in New Zealand - New Zealand and the world of ideas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 August 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014