Story: Traditional Māori religion – ngā karakia a te Māori

'Te wehenga o Rangi rāua ko Papa'

This mural depicting the separation of heaven and earth is by Cliff Whiting, an artist of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui descent. The figures are Tangaroa (left), god of the sea, Haumia, god of uncultivated foods, Rongo, god of cultivated foods, Tūmatauenga, god of war and people, Tāne, god of the forest, and Tāwhirimātea, god of the wind. These atua (gods) are all children of Ranginui (sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother). Tāne is separating Rangi and Papa.

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Basil Keane, 'Traditional Māori religion – ngā karakia a te Māori - Ngā atua – the gods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 February 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011