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  • Tane Mahuta successfully separated his parents, Ranginui (Sky father) & Papatuanuku (Earth mother)
  • After the separation they slowly created a beautiful and dazzling world but there was no one to enjoy it.
  • The gods agreed to create the women so Tane Mahuta took some dirt from Papatuanuku and shaped a women who would eventually have children.
  • The impressed Tawhirimatea whispered "Take my breath and give her life." Tane Mahuta Bent down and pressed his nose against the women. He breathed deeply then...
  • Her chest started moving then she sneezed. "Tihei!" The gods were ecstatic. The first woman was made.
  • "Tihei!"
  • Today the hongi is a traditional greetings used by Maori people. Usually you must breathe in deeply like Tane Mahuta did. It is called the breath of life.
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