The Story of Hinetītama

The Story of Hinetītama

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  • In Maori mythology, the progenitor (ancestor) of humanity was Tāne, a child of Ranginui and Papatuanuku. In the more popular version of the tale, Tāne - desiring another - created the first woman using the soil of Kurawaka. Her name is Hineahuone, and together they had a daughter, Hinetītama.
  • However, Tāne married Hinetītama without the latter knowing his identity. Having a child as well
  • Tāne then reveals his identity to her
  • When she finally found out. She was shocked
  • Disgusted she was angry and killed herself, this is the first suicide in the Māori world. She then fled to the underworld where she is now known as Hine-nui-te-pō
  • She fled in disgust to the underworld, becoming the goddess of death, Hinenuitepō. There she waits for her children to join her in the afterlife. This is said to be the start of death for humans.
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