This illustration is part of a series that was based on creation myths from all over the world. Their richness and big variety is a source of inspiration to me. Sometimes the stories are astonishingly beautiful but they can also be very cruel or surprisingly humorous. I’m still stimulated by the abundance of amazing stories that try to explain the reason for our existence. That’s why it is an ongoing project for personal work.
Rangi & Papa
The Maori creation myth tells the story of Rangi and Papa, the sky father and the earth mother who lie together in a tight embrace. Their six children, are forced to live in the darkness between them.These children grow and are wondering what it would be like to live in the light and so they decide to separate their parents.
After many attempts Tane, god of forests and birds, forces his parents apart. Instead of pushing with his hands as his brothers have done, he lies on his back and pushes with his strong legs. Rangi and Papa continue to grieve for each other to this day. Rangi’s tears fall as rain towards Papa to show how much he loves her. When mist rises from the forests, these are Papa’s sighs…