Auckland Libraries: Ranginui and Papatuanuku

Ranginui and Papatuanuku

​​The mythological origins of Māori society are laid out in three major myth cycles, beginning with the creation myth of Ranginui and Papatuanuuku.

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The children of Rangi & Papa

Pauline Kahurangi. Yearbury

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The fifteen paintings and fifteen matching poems in this book are a completely fresh and inspired dramatisation of the Maori creation myths. From the beginning, the endless dark, to the multiplication of earth’s creatures in light, each of the recorded...

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The illustrated encyclopedia of Māori myth and legend

Margaret Orbell

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Margaret Orbell is an educator, writer, and scholar of the Maori culture of New Zealand. Orbell published The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Maori Myth and Legend, a compendium of 400 stories and 240 illustrations that chronicle the Maori view of life since...

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The creation

Queenie Rikihana

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In the beginning the world between Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatuanuku , the earth mother, was cramped and dark. Their children were forced to take desperate action to survive and Rangi and Papa were forced apart, creating the world as we know it...

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I te timatanga

Peter Gossage

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A retelling of the Maori creation story in which the children of Rangi and Papa, tired of living in the dark, force their parents apart and allow light into Aotearoa. Suggested level: junior, primary.

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Footsteps of the gods

Hana Hiraina. Erlbeck

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A collection of stories following the history of the traditional Maori gods, starting with the creation of Aotearoa. Suggested level: primary, intermediate.

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Favourite Māori legends

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Favourite Māori Legends is an invitation to enjoy over 30 of the most memorable legends, grouped into themes of the spirit world, patupaiarehe (ghosts), taniwha, supernatural creatures, heroes and deeds of daring. Concise yet complete, these gripping...

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The lore of the Whare-wananga, or, Teachings of the Maori College on religion,...

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This two-volume contains the Maori text of an important body of beliefs and traditions which had been committed to writing over fifty years earlier, when the young W. H. Whatahoro had acted as scribe for a group of senior elders concerned to preserve...

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Maori religion and mythology

Elsdon Best

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An account of the cosmogony, anthropogeny, religious beliefs and rites, magic and folk lore of the Maori folk of New Zealand, published in 1929.

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Te Ao hurihuri

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This collection of writings on Maori issues by Maori writers combines many of the essays from the first edition with a selection from its companion volume, "Tihe Mauri Ora". Essential reading for anyone interested in Maori life and values.

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Polynesian mythology & ancient traditional history of the New Zealanders as...

George Grey

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Towards the end of 1845, Sir George Grey was requested to administer the affairs of New Zealand. He quickly realised he could not successfully govern or conciliate with a people whose language, customs, manners and religion he was unaquainted with. ...

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Te timatanga o te ao ; Nga kete wānanga

Mona Riini

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Tells of the separation of Rangi, the Sky Father and Papa, the Earth Mother by their son Tane, thus heralding the beginning of light and life on Earth; followed by Tane's journeys to fetch the three basket of knowledge from the overworlds. Suggested level:...

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