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She's your Papa, and he can't say he's sorry. [Jan. 11th, 2008|01:52 pm]
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In the stories told by the Maori of New Zealand, the Earth goddess is called Papa, and her husband is Rangi, the sky God. When the world was created, Rangi and Papa were so much in love that they hugged each other and would not let go. This meant that the earth and the sky were always joined, and no light could come into the world.
Papa gave birth to several children, but they were stuck between their parents and could not escape. Finally the children decided that they had to get out. One of them Tane, suggested that they force their parents apart. The children agree. One by one they tried without success. Then Tane had a try. He folded himself up very small and slipped between his parents. With his feet against Rangi and his shoulders against Papa, he pushed. He pushed for hours, which ran into days, and then into weeks. He pushed for years and years, and very slowly Tane managed to uncurl his body, straighten himself and finally push his parents apart.
Light came into the world. And for the first time since it was created, plants started to grow. But Rangi and Papa were so sad to be apart that they cried and cried. Rangi's tears ran into rivers. They became a sea. They even threatened to flood the whole world. Something had to be done. Of of the children turned Papa over so that Rangi could not see her face. Now he doesn't cry so much. But you can still see his tears every morning -- they are the dewrops on the grass. And the mists that rise from the ground are Papa's sighs.

And.. http://www.glumbert.com/media/worstapology I... what? lol. That is NOT an apology!
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[User Picture]From: trish_punch
2008-01-11 08:01 pm (UTC)
Creation stories are always fun to read.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-11 08:03 pm (UTC)
I like 'em. :)
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[User Picture]From: trish_punch
2008-01-11 08:02 pm (UTC)
And, oh yes, the "apology" clip. I've seen that several times. The "Real World" groups are just so weird...I wonder how their parents feel about their shenanegans.

That's right - I said shenanegans.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-11 08:03 pm (UTC)
LOL! It's a great word. :)

The only realworld people I can remember is that I liked Elka, and hated Puck.
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[User Picture]From: beatle9
2008-01-11 08:08 pm (UTC)
Yah, that is in no way shape or form an apology. He ends up calling the girl more names than he probably did when he yelled at her the first time and then says that he's waiting for her apology. Asshat.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-11 08:13 pm (UTC)
LOL, right!?
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2008-01-11 08:11 pm (UTC)
That my favorite apology ever. From now on, whenever I have to say I'm sorry I'm going to incorporate the word slut somehow.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-11 08:16 pm (UTC)
LOL! Rock on. ;)
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[User Picture]From: jai_23
2008-01-11 08:27 pm (UTC)
Adored the story! It's so beautiful.

And all those silly scientists with their Big Bang theory! :P This my theory. Hugging. And separation. That's life.

My favourite bit is actually the whole thing itself, but this excerpt was particularly beautiful:

Now he doesn't cry so much. But you can still see his tears every morning -- they are the dewrops on the grass. And the mists that rise from the ground are Papa's sighs.

Thank you! ♥
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-11 08:47 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. :) I thought it was a really beautiful story, and had to share.
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[User Picture]From: vdkapenguin
2008-01-11 08:57 pm (UTC)
ROFL. It looks like he made her cry even harder with that apology.
I'm quite fond of the name Tane. I wonder if it's in the baby names book...
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-11 08:58 pm (UTC)
LOL! The apology made me giggle lots.

And it is a cool name. How would you pronounce it? Rhyme it with Cane?
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[User Picture]From: cricketcat7
2008-01-11 08:59 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, what a wonderful apology.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-11 09:21 pm (UTC)
right? lol. ;)
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[User Picture]From: marguerlucy
2008-01-11 09:21 pm (UTC)
how sad!!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-11 09:22 pm (UTC)
I know, right?
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[User Picture]From: p_man_vinogrado
2008-01-11 10:27 pm (UTC)
woh! a beautiful legend))
the funniest thing is that The Greatest Of Moms is Papa)) I like that))

current music: skyclad - halo of flies

the other beautiful thing is that water on earth is tears of the sky god about the light +)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-11 10:28 pm (UTC)
I love it. I think it's beautiful. :)
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[User Picture]From: geminiwench
2008-01-12 12:30 am (UTC)
Beautiful story....

Just... beautiful. Poetic.
And so many modern "pious" Christians like to think that their myths are the only beautiful, poetic and meaningful ones... or that all other world myths are silly or ungodly.

Assholes.

Just like that asshole's apology.

And you know what? Next time I have to apologize when I don't think I should have to, THAT is how Im going to apologize.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-12 12:32 am (UTC)
I agree. Completely beautiful.

And please do. That apology rocks my world. ;)
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[User Picture]From: carinastarr
2008-01-12 12:55 am (UTC)
i worked with a maori girl in Brisbane named Rangi, she never told me what it meant but i never asked her either, thanks.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-12 12:56 am (UTC)
You're welcome. That's awesome. :)
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[User Picture]From: skafunkmelt
2008-01-12 03:08 am (UTC)
Whenever I think of Maori, I think of the book Once Were Warriors (It's also a movie!) that I had to read in college. It took me about three reads to actually like that book, but I still got an Incomplete in that class. Anyways, I love hearing those creation myths from different cultures. Super interesting, indeed!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-12 03:17 am (UTC)
Ooh, never heard of it! I'll check it out! Thank you! :)
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[User Picture]From: amazingadrian
2008-01-12 06:12 am (UTC)
You know, there are some people in the world who cannot bring themselves to apologize, wether conciously or subconsciously. They just...can't do it, or they choose not to.

I don't understand people who see it as some kind of weakness.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-12 06:23 pm (UTC)
I don't know.. I think it's very important to be able to be held accountable for ones actions, and an apology is one way to do it.
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[User Picture]From: jehannamama
2008-01-12 11:51 am (UTC)
Oh that's a beautiful creation story. I hadn't heard that one.

Hope you and your little guy are having a great weekend.

I love passing on a laugh to you.

Do you like Ursula Vernon? I adore her...she's so funny... and there is a NSFW meme that she's done. I don't think she's ever done one that I know of? I'm not usually one for this sort of thing, but with her - well, don't be drinking when you read it, or you'll be cleaning off your monitor!
http://ursulav.livejournal.com/716718.html
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-12 08:50 pm (UTC)
LOL! That Meme rocked! I love her answers. Thanks for linking me!! =)

I'm glad you liked the creation story. It's one of my favorites that I've found so far. :)

And we're doing good. How 'bout you? *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: cloakofnonsense
2008-01-17 07:44 pm (UTC)
that is so beautiful. for my senior thesis, i'm writing poetry about different religious myths, and this is definitely going to be one of them.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-17 08:30 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful!! Will you post it once you've written it? I would love to read it. :)
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