Thursday, February 14, 2013

PAPATUANUKU: the earth mother

Papatuanuku is the mother of all things… she is the earth that we live upon. She stretches out beneath her husband as the foundation of our culture. Ranginui is the great sky father… the vast expanse of the heavens. Papa is of course the nurturing parent and provides sustenance for her descendants. Not only is she the land we walk upon… she is also the life within the land. Everything is linked to the land… the plants, the trees, the birds, the lizards, the seals and the people. Papatuanuku nurtures them all… feeds them all… houses them all and at the end of their life… forms the final resting place for all creatures great and small. Rangi and Papa had many children including Tane, Tangaroa, Tawhirimatea, Tu, Rongo and Haumia. Papa was heavily pregnant with Ruaumoko when the winds of discontent began to blow in the world of darkness.


As the children grew up they became annoyed with life between their parents. Soon they gathered deep in the darkness to discuss the problems of living in such conditions. Tangaroa was very keen to separate his parents but felt he was not nearly strong enough to complete such a task. Tawhirimatea apposed any talk of separation and threatened his brothers with eternal war if they even attempted to break them up. Tumatauenga scoffed at his brother’s emotional outburst and demanded their parents be separated immediately. Otherwise he would kill them himself. Then Tane stood up, “Calm down brothers - Let me try” he said. Tane thought for a while then lay with his back braced against his mother. He raised his feet up and placed them on his father. Tane strained with all his might and eventually he was able to pry his parents apart. Little by little they began to separate. Just then Tawhirimatea roared with anger then rushed off past Tane and the others to join Rangi. Meanwhile the light flooded into the world… it spread quickly into every corner of the land… and life, as we know it, was born.

This is Te Ao Marama (the world of warmth and light)… and the true beauty of Papatuanuku could be seen at last. Her gorgeous cloak of a thousand shades of green, her impressive snow topped mountains, her abundant rivers, her lush valleys and her generous beaches simply confirm Papa as the mother of absolutely everything. When Tane wanted to create the first mortal women he asked his mother if he could use the sacred red soils of Kurawaka. Papatuanuku agreed to let him use it to mould a body and breathe life into it, on one condition. That if the life ever leaves that body, it be returned to Papa… to become soil again. Tane agreed… thus when we die we enter the underworld via the urupa (uru Papa)… and join our whanau whakapapa link to the land. Our whole existence begins and ends with the land. We are the land… and the land is us. Papatuanuku is the mother, the provider, the life and the whenua. We are the tangata whenua (people of the land).

1 comment:

Barry Sears said...

Greetings Warren
Comprehending traditional beliefs globally from a new contemporary scientific perspective can unravel many ancient messages. Considering the cosmological concept of Papatuanuku, Mother Earth, the Holy Spirit in connection with the sky Father, Ranginui, many global stories unite. The basic concept is embedded in most cultures and clearly recorded in detail in ancient Egypt.
Many people are aware that the zodiac is an anatomical breakdown of the full celestial body known in Egypt as Nut. The zodiacs of Denderah in Egypt record some historical zodiacs including the celestial form of Nut. In addition to this a circular zodiac exists which rotates in the opposite direction and is circular. It is known now that this is the forgotten and missing link in the traditional cosmological connection between the Earth and it's celestial surroundings.
The zodiac is made up of Earthly observations and it is now known that these related to the twelve zones around the equatorial belt. Each twelve zones have great ancient monuments or stories related to each of the twelve parts of the anatomy, combining to form the complete traditional body of the Earth. Easter Island is the head region and we move around to the lung, Leo region where the Sphinx is located. To the East of Egypt Mr Christ cemented the land of Virgo or the womb region of the World anatomy. To the West of Egypt, Stonehenge is the sign of cancer. Each of the zodiac signs represents a part of the anatomy and an animal connection for example, Aries has the horns of the ram connecting to the top of the head. Taurus has the big neck and relates to the neck region of the anatomy, to the tail or feet of the fish.

Contemplating this from a contemporary view, it is rather revolutionary to see each of these Earthly positions actually refer to a physical Earthly body but bound by a spherical helical form. It is also a major discovery to realise that the evolutionary process of animal dynamics has produced a direct correlation to the Earth's form. We see now that from the top of the head of the Earth, the largest antlers have evolved. From the thigh region we see the springy thighs of the kangaroo. From the nose of the World the sword fish, to the base dynamic of the Antarctic's unique bird, the penguin. After studying animal forms for the past 25 years, we can see how all life forms change and move to the Earth's anatomical body.

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