Creation Stories

Focus Points:

  • People from different cultures and countries have their own creation stories which explain how the world and everything in it came to exist.
  • The best known creation story of Aotearoa is Te Wehenga o Rangi; Raua Ko Papa (The separation of Rangi and Papa).




Pronounced: [sey-krid]


1. Devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose; consecrated.

Entitled to veneration or religious respect by association with divinity or divine things; holy.

Pertaining to or connected with religion (opposed to secular or profane ): sacred music; sacred books.

Reverently dedicated to some person, purpose, or object: a morning hour sacred to study.

Regarded with reverence: the sacred memory of a dead hero.


Sacred Stories

People throughout the world have always told stories to express the deep beliefs they have about themselves and the world. Many of these tales, which have been handed down for thousands of years, tell of the ways different cultures understand the mystery of life and explain how this world and the things in it came into existence. These tales are called creation stories. Creation stories deal with questions such as: Who are we? Why are we here? Why do we live and die? How did our world begin? Creation stories are tapu (sacred). They take place at the beginning of time, in the chaos and emptiness of an unformed world. They do not give us scientific knowledge about creation but help us see its spiritual meaning.


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