Papatuanuku - Earth Mother
"Ko Papatuanuku te matua o te tangata” “Papatuanuku is the parent of the human race"
Papatuanuku is the foundation. She is the earth, the whenua (land), the mother of all things. She is the body in which we draw our sustenance from. She is crucial to our existence.
In the Maori creation story, Papatuanuku and Ranginui (Sky Father) were in an eternal embrace. Darkness lay all around. Their children were tired of living this way so pushed them apart to let in the light. Seizing this moment, the children began to explore and create offspring of their own. These were to become the many types and species of trees, birds, insects, sea life, winds, water ... and us. Here, Papatuanuku reaches out to all corners of this earth. Her life giving veins are like roots which seep and penetrate into every living being ... connecting us to her always.