Maori Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of New Zealand


Maori Sky God

Also known as Ranginui

God of the Sky

He fell madly in love with Papa, the Earth Mother Goddess. In the passion of their embrace, the Earth and the Sky were so tightly cuddled together that there was no room to move.

This was somewhat embarrassing when their children Rongo, Tane and Tu were born. Faced with a lifetime of stunted growth and intense parental pressure, the kids decided that something had to be done. So Tane tried to force his parents apart. He pushed and pushed for days, weeks and years until Papa and Rangi slowly parted company. Light entered the world for the first time and plants began to grow.

Papa and Rangi were terribly upset at their separation. Rangi’s tears covered the world in ocean, and Papa’s wistful sighs became mists and clouds.

Rangi Facts and Figures

Name: Rangi
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Ranginui

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Maori people of Polynesia
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: the Sky
Area of expertise: Sky, Skies

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 6357

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Article last revised on April 30, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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