Te Matua Ngahere - The Father of the Forest, like
Tane Mahuta is a tall Kauri - Agathis australis, up to 2000 years old (Salmon).
At the beginning of time stood Te Kore, the nothingness
Then there was Te Po
the Great Night, the Long Night
the intensely Dark Night, the Gloom-laden Night
the Night to be Felt, the Night Unseen
Then Rangi the sky, dwelt with Papa tu a nuku
and was joined with her, and land was made.
But their numerous offspring lived in darkness,
for their parents were not yet parted,
the sky lay upon the earth
and no light came between them,
and the land was unfruitful,
and the sea was all dark water.
The war god Tu matauenga said "let us kill
but Tane mahuta, god and father of the forests
and all things that inhabit them answered
"No, not so. It is better to rend them apart,
and to let the Sky stand far above us
and the Earth lie below here.
Let the Sky become a stranger to us,
but let the Earth remain close to us
as our nursing mother."
Over vast time, the Kauri pushed them apart.
With heavy groans and shrieks of pain,
the parents of the sons cried out
"Why did you do this crime,
why did you slay your parents' love?
(Maui is depicted in the background image)
Kia hora te marino, kia whakapapa pounamu te moana,
kia tere ai te
karohirohi i mua tonu i o koutou huarahi
May the calm be widespread, may the sea be as
the smooth surface of the
greenstone, and may the rays of sunshine forever dance along your pathway.
(Daily Reflections Inspired by the Native Peoples of the World 1995 Anne Wilson Schaef,
Ballantine Books, ISBN 0-345-39405-4)
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