The Koru, Maori symbol of creation

The Koru - Maori Symbol of Creation The koru (Māori for “loop”) is a spiral shape based on the shape of a new unfurling silver fern frond and symbolizing new life, growth, strength and peace.

Papatuanuku, mother earth. In Māori tradition, Papatūānuku is the land. She is a mother earth figure who gives birth to all things, including people. Trees, birds and people are born from the land, which then nourishes them. Some traditions say that the land first emerged from under water.  In the Māori creation story, Papatūānuku had many children with Ranginui, the sky father. Their children pushed them apart to let in the light.

In Māori tradition, Papatūānuku is the land. She is a…

Ranginui Papatuanuku by Arthur Thatcher

Ranginui Papatuanuku Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Arthur Thatcher

Ranginui Papatuanuku by Arthur Thatcher

This stamp depicts Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother) being separated by their son Tāne. Rangi and Papa are the first parents in Māori tradition.

This stamp depicts Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother) being separated by their son Tāne. Rangi and Papa are the first parents in Māori tradition.

MY BELOVED The only colours in this piece, the golds, the white cloak of the sun’s heat surrounding Ranginui and Papatuanuku, with a pounamu river flowing from deep within Papatuanuku washing over Papatuanuku and out towards you. I named this piece “My Beloved” – grateful for all it encapsulates from within.

MY BELOVED The only colours in this piece, the golds, the white cloak of the sun’s heat surrounding Ranginui and Papatuanuku, with a pounamu river flowing from deep within Papatuanuku washing over Papatuanuku and out towards you. I named this piece “My Beloved” – grateful for all it encapsulates from within.

Ranginui & Papatuanuku father sky & mother earth

Rangi and Papa by Arthur Thatcher (Polynesien) Himmel (Rangi) und Erde (Papa)


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