Story: Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology

Genealogy of trees

Genealogy of trees

This whakapapa (genealogical chart) illustrates how trees and other plants are descended from Tāne. Māori see all flora and fauna of the natural world as linked through genealogy.

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Reference: Elsdon Best, Maori religion and mythology. Vol. 2. Wellington: Dominion Museum, 1976, pp. 271-272

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology - Symbolism of trees and plants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2020)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007