Kōrero: Light

Whakapapa of light and darkness

Whakapapa of light and darkness

In Māori tradition, light was a primal generative force which illuminated Te Pō, the darkness, and so created the world. This whakapapa (genealogical chart) shows the successive stages of darkness and light. It was given to the historian James Cowan by members of the Ngāti Maniapoto tribe at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

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Source: James Cowan, The Maoris of New Zealand. Christchurch: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1910, p. 104

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'Light - Experiencing New Zealand light', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/whakapapa/7654/whakapapa-of-light-and-darkness (accessed 3 December 2021)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006