Story: Māori creation traditions

Tāne raising the sky

Tāne raising the sky

This carving, ‘Te wehenga o Rangi rāua ko Papa’, depicts one version of the creation story, which tells how the god Tāne Mahuta raised the sky by standing on his head and pushing upwards with his feet. The circle represents the sun – source of warmth and light.

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Mixed media by Cliff Whiting

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How to cite this page:

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Māori creation traditions - Different creation traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/2433/tane-raising-the-sky (accessed 16 December 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005