Lambert M. SurhoneISBN: 978-6-1320-0306-5;
o-i-Te-Hiripoi. He may be a Tahitian god. In M?ori mythology, Rongo is a major god, the god of cultivated food, especially the k?mara, a vital food crop. Other food crops cultivated by M?ori in traditional times include taro, yams (uwhi), cordyline (t?), and gourds (hue). Because of their tropical origin, most of these crops were difficult to grow except in the far north of New Zealand. Hence the importance of Rongo. Rongo, with his brothers T?, T?ne, T?whirim?tea, Tangaroa and Haumia-tiketike, separated the primordial parents Rangi and Papa to allow daylight into the world. T?whirim?tea, the god of storms, did not consent to this plan and afterwards attacked his brothers with unrelenting fury. Rongo and Haumia, the god of wild food, took refuge in the body of Papa, mother earth, who hid them until the storm passed (Grey 1956:7, Tregear 1891:424,Orbell 1998:121).
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