Maori Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of New Zealand

TANE

Maori Light God

Also known as Tane-mahuta, Tanemahuta

God of Forests and Light

He lets light into the world every day by lifting up a corner of the dark sky.

The son of Creator Gods Rangi and Papa, he helped to separate them and shed a bit of light on things.

He’s also responsible for forests and trees, and invented the tasty Tui bird.

He’s also associated with the Hawaiian Kane.

Tane Facts and Figures

Name: Tane
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Tane-mahuta, Tanemahuta

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

In charge of: Light
Area of expertise: Light

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 288

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

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