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1. Why did Tane Mahuta marry his own daughter? He did not intend to marry her in the first place. His concerns for his daughter made him choose a path, which according to him, was ideal. He accepted a suggestion from a fellow god and utilized it. (emphasis mine) One day he (Tane Mahuta) called his brothers and said, "When my daughter, Hinetitama grows ...


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I think it's just who he was. Here is an excerpt of his description in A Concise Encyclopedia of Maori Myth and Legend: Since the word tāne ordinarily means 'male, husband, lover,' Tāne's name is a personification, Male. In the myths relating to him, male energy is presented as having shaped the world and created the life forms that belong to the land. ...


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Yes, that's the legend of Lake Wakatipu, near Queenstown. Wakatipu appears to the model for the eponymous lake from the TV show, despite it apparently being filmed at Moke Lake. As the TV show implies, Wakatipu is known for an unusual phenomenon where its waters rise and falls by as much as 12cm every five minutes due to atmospheric pressure. Maori folklore ...


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This image depicts the toko wananga, stick-like representations of "departmental gods" used at the whare wananga, i.e. Maori schools. According to White, who was commissioned by the New Zealand government to compile this information, the sticks are: Tumatauenga: perfectly straight to represent how Tu "stood erect . . . at the deluge" Tawhirimatea, god of ...


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