The story of Papatuanuku and Ranginui is the story known to Maori as the creation story. This story is very different from the Bible’s interpretation of creation where it took seven days for God to create the Earth.
Through the story of Ranginui and Papatuanuku we learn about their sad love story as they were sadly separated by their own children. Some of their children did not want to be separated however the majority vote was for Rangi and Papa to be separated. Ranginui then became the sky father and Papatuanuku became Mother Nature.
By reading more about the story of Rangi and Papa I was able to learn more about the yearning of the two to be together as one. It is said as the rain falls from the sky they are known to be Rangi’s tears to show how much he misses and loves Papa. As Papa twists and turns it reflects her attempts to reunite with Rangi. Papa’s strains to be with Rangi are known to us as humans to be earthquakes, and as mist rises from the forests it is her sighs as she yearns to be with her other half again.
Learning more about the Maori myths and legends has taught me a greater understanding and appreciation of our Maori culture and are stories which deserves to be passed down through many generations.