Tane had performed numerous experiments for creating and animating creatures, during which different trees were created.
When finally he sought the help of his mother, she advised him—remarkably—to follow the exact same process performed in many myths and religions all over the world, with one crucial difference: the woman was the first being created.
After analysing the different myths, variations exist that provide more details and differing versions of the creation myth.
It is obvious that the Maori myths also have many similarities to the Babylonian creation epic, but they also share similarities with the Ancient Greek creation stories.
We are living in the golden age of cosmology: More has been discovered about the large-scale structure and history of the visible cosmos in the last 20 years than in the whole of prior human history.
We now have precise knowledge of the distribution of galaxies and know that ours is nowhere near the center of the universe, just as we know that our planetary system has no privileged place among the billions of such systems in our galaxy and that Earth is not even at the center of our planetary system.
The Maori people are the natives of New Zealand who, like other tribes, have myths that are related to the creation of the world and the creation of man.
According to the Maori, in the beginning was emptiness, and nothing existed. Into that emptiness two Gods appeared: one male god of the sky name Ranginui, or Rangi, and one female god of the earth, named Papatuanuku, or Papa.
We also know that the Big Bang, the beginning of our universe, occurred about 13.7 billion years ago, whereas Earth didn’t even exist until about 10 billion years later.
No one looking at the vast extent of the universe and the completely random location of homo sapiens within it (in both space and time) could seriously maintain that the whole thing was intentionally created for us.