Tuesday, January 16, 2007

MAORI LEGEND ON ORIGIN OF LIFE


Maoris believe their settlement in Aotearoa ( THE LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD) occurred in 8 AD. According to a Maori legend, all life originated in a still night from primordial parents, RANGI NUI, the sky father and PAPA-TU- A NUKU , the earth mother. These were in a tight embrace and derived enormous joy from one another’s company .This tight embrace left their children to move violently and suffocate between their clasped their bodies for eternity Their eldest sun( TANE) the god of forest pulled himself free of the grip of their parents in the darkness . Over a long period of time he forcibly pulled their parents apart and separated them. He lifted RANGI in to the sky and covered his nakedness with the sun, moon and stars Tan created many trees and lakes strewed across the vast expanse to cover mother’ nakedness. She was covered with fauna and flora . However, the grief of separation from the mate caused RANGI to weep and tears started to flow from his eyes filling the surface of PAPA with oceans and lakes. As a result, the earth and sky remains separated today so that life can find it palace in between.
Another son, TIKE formed a figure of a human out of sacred and red sand and chanted a KARAKIA ( ritual incantation) to create MARIKORIKO the first woman. He consulted WAI MATU HIRANGI, the wise river. Their union produced great Maori people. Another son hauled up enormous fish out of sea that turned into the North Island .His boat and anchor weight became South and Stuart islands .
TUATAHI TE KORE
KATAHI ANO TE PO
TE PO NUI
TE PO ROA TAE NOA ANA
I NGA WA TINO PO POURI TONU
A! KA TA TE ATA
A ME TE ATA
I UNINEI WA NOA IHO O NGA KORE
I TE TINO KOPA O PO POURI ANO
I TIPUA O TATAU MATUA MATAMUA
KO RANGI-TE MATUA RANGI
KO PAPA-TE MATUA WHENUA
FIRST CAME TE KORE -THE NOTHINGNESS
THEN WAS TE PO THE NIGHT
TE PONUI THE GREAT NIGHT
TE POROA THE LONG NIGHT
AND IN AND ON THROUGH MEASURELESS AGES
UNTIL AT LAST TE ATA THE DAWN
AND WITH THE DAWN
OUT OF AEONS OF NOTHING
AND OUT OF THE VERY WARMTH OF AGE OF DARKNESS
EVOLVED THE PRIMEVAL PARENTS
RANGI THE SKY FATHER
AND PAPA THE EARTH MOTHER

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