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Nga Mahi a nga Tupuna - Māori Mythology 101
"Haere mai and welcome to Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud! This quiz is an introduction to the creation myths and gods of the Māori of New Zealand."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
In the beginning there were the Sky Father, and the Earth Mother, locked in a tight embrace. The Sky Father shares his name with the Māori word for sky, and his name is found in a number of place names, including that of the volcanic island that dominates Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. What is the name of the Sky Father?
The Earth Mother shares her name with the Māori word for earth, and her name is found as part of a number of place names, including at least two Auckland suburbs. What is the name of the Earth Mother?
The Sky Father and Earth Mother gave birth to many male children who lived in discomfort, confined in the darkness between them. One of them, Tūmatauenga, proposed killing his parents. What did Tū become the god of?
Tūmatauenga's brother, Tāne Mahuta, insisted on a less violent solution: that they attempt to push their parents apart. Together they worked and Tāne pushed them apart with his strong legs. What is Tāne most associated with?
A third brother, Tāwhirimātea, was deeply angered at his brothers for separating their parents. He followed his father up into the sky and gathered up his children, sending them after Tāne and his other brothers. What were the children of Tāwhiri?
Ferns and mosses
Waters, waves, and tides
Winds, clouds and storms
Birds, bugs, and reptiles
Next Tāwhiri attacked his brother Tangaroa, making great waves and whirlpools rise. What is the realm of Tangaroa?
The remaining two brothers, Rongo and Haumia-tiketike, hid in the body of the Earth Mother, who protected them from the wrath of Tāwhiri, until he stopped storming. What are Rongo and Haumia the gods of?
Volcanoes and earthquakes
Fire and flood
Caves and mountains
Cultivated food and wild food
Tāne had a daughter, named Hine-ata-uira, "Maid of the Flashing Dawn", whom he took to wife, without telling her who he was. When she learned that he was her father, she fled to the Underworld, and became the goddess of night and death. What was her new name?
In some traditions, when Tāne placed the stars in the sky, he also added the Sun and the Moon. The Sun personified has what coincidental name in Māori?
In some stories he was made by Tāne, in others, he was made by Tū, but who was the first man, in Māori mythology?
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Compiled May 21 13