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Maori Religion and Mythology Part 2



Hine-maunga Hine-tu-a-maunga

The personified form of ranges and mountains, the Mountain Maid or Hill Maid of Maori myth. She was taken to wife by Tane and bore Parawhenuamea, who represents water, also Te Putoto and Tuamatua, the latter two were the forebears of stones, etc. Hine-tupari-maunga is simply called Tupari (cliff) in the following: "Ngau atu ki Tupari, ngau atu ki Tuamatua, ngau atu ki a Hine-one Ngau atu ki a Hine-kirikiri, ngau atu ki maunga tutumaiao."

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This name evidently betokens a personified form of cliffs, as shown at p. 161 of vol. 27 of the Journal of the Polynesian Society. This female personification is mentioned as being the wife of Rona, he who took refuge in the moon; prior to his ascension he imprisoned their children in the face of a cliff (aroaro pari) where they yet abide, and answer every person who cries out. Thus the echoes heard resounding from a cliff are termed "the children of Hine-aroaro-te-pari". This is a South Island note collected by Mr Beattie.