January 11th, 2008


She's your Papa, and he can't say he's sorry.

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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