Family tree of the Māori gods

This is an example of a family tree of the Māori gods showing the most important gods in Māori mythology.

This family tree gives just an example - there are remarkable regional variations.

Māori Goddesses are displayed in italics

The primordial gods were Ranginui and Papatūānuku, Heaven and Earth.

Ranginui
Sky father
Papatūānuku
Earth mother
Tūmatauenga
God of war, hunting, fishing and agriculture
Tāwhirimātea
God of the Weather, and storms[1]
Hine-ahu-one
First woman
Tāne-mahuta
God of forests and birds
Tangaroa
God of the sea
Rongo-mā-tāne
God of peace, and of cultivated plants
Haumia-tiketike
God of wild food plants
Urutengangana
God of the light
Ruaumoko
God of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Seasons
Hine Tiitama
Later, Hine-nui-te-pō, Goddess of death
Hine-te-Iwaiwa
Punga
Ancestor of all strange creatures
Taro
Colocasia esculenia
Aka-pohueAka-TawhiwhiKaitangata
Husband of Whaitiri
Tangaroa-a-kiukiuTangaroa-a-rotoRonaIkatere
Ancestor of fish
Tū-te-wehiwehi
Ancestor of reptiles
Hine Raumati
Personification of Summer
Hine Takurua
Personification of Winter
Māui
Demigod
Tane Rore
Inventor of Kapa haka
Tama-nui-te-rā
Personification of the Sun

Te Anu-matao was the wife of Tangaroa.

Hine-titamauri was the wife of Punga.

Hine-te-Iwaiwa married Tangaroa and had Tangaroa-a-kiukiu, Tangaroa-a-roto, and Rona. Tangaroa-a-roto and Rona married Te Marama the moon. Hinetakurua married Tama-nui-te-ra, the Sun.[2]

Uru-Te-ngangana is believed to be the father of all light, and his children are stars, sun and moon.

The father and mother of creation/all gods are personifications of the stages of creation; Te Kore, Te Po, etc

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ayla Te Aira Blair-Smith
  2. ^ Reed, A. W. (2008). The Raupō Book of Māori Mythology. Auckland: Penguin Group (NZ). p. 56. ISBN 9780143010289.