In Cook Islands mythology of the southern Cook Islands group, the earth goddess Papa was created when Varima-te-takere, the primordial mother goddess, plucked her out from the left side of her body. Papa married her brother, the sky god Vatea. They had twin sons, the sea god Tangaroa and the vegetation god Rongo.[1][2]

See also



  1. ^ Myths and Songs from the South Pacific by William Wyatt Gill, 2004; ISBN 9780766188518
  2. ^ ʻAkatokamanāva: myth, history and society in the Southern Cook Islands by Jukka Siikala, 1991; p. 50-52