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Friday, April 25, 2014

Varima-te-takere #atozchallenge

V - Like Utset and Gaia, Varima-te-takere is another of the world's primordial mother goddesses. According to the mythology of the Cook Islands, Varima-te-takere lived in a tiny egg in the mud at the bottom of the ocean of Avaiki. Her space was so small, she could barely move. Varima-te-takere subsisted on raw taro (a tropical plant).

Varima-te-takere desperately wanted children, so she shaped them from her body. From her left side, she shaped Vatea (father of the gods). From her right, she created the goddess Papa. Together, Vatea and Papa created the Earth and the god Tangaroa (or Tinirau).

Interestingly enough, Vatea and Papa were not only gods, but were also the first humans. They populated the world with their offspring, thus creating the people of the world.

In another version of the myth, Varima-te-takere is credited with creating Tinirau (lord of the seas), Raka (lord of the winds), Tango (lord of the birds), Tumu-te-ana-oa (echo of the rocks), and Tu-metua (the fourteenth night). She shaped these gods from her flesh much like she did Vatea and Papa.

Varima-te-takere is also celebrated in the Polynesian myths as the Mother Goddess.


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  1. Very good information. I love myths!

  2. Great post, I love learning new things when I visit other A-Z bloggers, I've given your blog a shout out from my letter X today, Happy Blogging.


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