Tane Mahuta

separating father sky and mother earthtane mahuta lord of the foresttane mahuta

According to Maori legend, in the beginning before there was light, Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatuanuku (Earth Mother) were bound together, their children trapped in the darkness between them. The sons became desperate for light and space and so agreed to separate from their parents. The strongest, Tane Mahuta, the lord of the forest, put his shoulder to Papatuanuku and thrust his legs up into Ranginui. Their primal embrace was broken and Raginui was held up in the sky by Tane Mahuta allowing the light to shine in.

Tane Mahuta is the life giver, the largest living Kauri tree in New Zealand. It may be that Tane Mahuta sprang from seed around 2000 years ago.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Appreciate nature.

This tree stands over 4 metres in diameter and has a girth of 13.8 metres, a trunk height of 17.7 metres, a total height of 51.5 metres with an estimated volume of 244.5 cubic metres.

In. Out. Appreciate.

How do you appreciate the magnificence of nature?

with love, Delicia x

2 thoughts on “Tane Mahuta

  1. Old trees inspire a profound sense of sacredness and definitely make me appreciate the magnificence of nature. Their endurance and stillness really awe and ground me. But the magnificence of nature is also in the grandness of the mountains, in the infinitude of a starry sky, in the crashing waves of the ocean, in the power of the sun and the moon, in colourful sunrises and sunsets, in the beauty of life observed through a macro lens, and in the miracle of our breathing and being alive.

    Breathe in. Be mindful. Breathe out peace and gratitude.

    • I love your addition to this post and how you appreciate the beauty and magnificence of life! It is so full of amazing miracles.

      Breathe in. Breathe out. And appreciate all that is.

      We are one.


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