The Maori pantheon holds quite a special place in the Overworld. Quite distant from their bretheren, the Maori Gods are often considered as unevolved barbarians, with a mindset so different from the big three (Theoi, Deva and Neter) that they are often forgotten (some say underestimated).
With a dominion over Polynesia and New Zealand, the pantheon has always tried to stay close to the World and humans. Even though Nga Tama a Rangi means "Sons of Heaven", the Maori Pantheon is extremely down to earth, with a true will to help his people maintain their tradition and cultural roots.
The Nga Tama a Rangi was born from Ranginui and Papatuanuku (also known as Ouranos and Gaia to other Pantheons), the primordial parents, the Sky Father and the Earth Mother who lied locked together in a tight embrace. They had many children, who were forced to live in the cramped darkness between them. There, huddled in the darkness, grew the first Gods: Kronus, Atlas, Tāne, Indra, and their brethren. These children grew and discussed among themselves what it would be like to live in the light. Tūmatauenga, the fiercest of the children, proposed that the best solution to their predicament was to kill their parents.
But his brother Tāne disagreed, suggesting that it was better to push them apart, to let Ranginui be as a stranger to them in the sky above while Papatuanuku would remain below to nurture them. The others put their plans into action. Rongo, the God of Cultivated Food, tried to push his parents apart, then Tangaroa, the God of the Sea, and his sibling Haumia-tiketike, the God of Wild Food, joined him. In spite of their joint efforts Rangi and Papa remain close together in their loving embrace. After many attempts Tāne, God of Forests and Birds, forced his parents apart. Stretching every sinew Tāne pushes and pushes until, with cries of grief and surprise, Ranginui and Papatuanuku were pried apart. In a last act of separation, Kronus used his Sickle to castrate their father, separating forever the Sky and the Earth, and so the first pantheons were born.
Close to Earth, the Maori Gods spend a lot more time in the World than the average God. In fact, their Overworld Kahiki was a lost island in the Pacific Ocean until the Concordat of Stonehenge. Their already-limited influence in the World has been quite weakened by colonization, but they organized their strengthening since the beginning of the 20th century. In fact, each Maori across the World has a least a Godborn great grand parent or a distant cousin.
With the escape of the Titans, the Nga Tama a Rangi have gained more ground. Thanks to their closeness with humans (just like the Bogi Lyudei and the Orisha) and the preservation of their traditions, the Maori do not fear nature : they respect and conquer it. Their rough nature and their strength has proven to be a valuable ally to the cause of the Gods.
Members of the Nga Tama A Rangi
First Generation (~3500 BC to ~2400 BC)
- Haumia-Tiketike, God of Wild Food
- Rehua, God of Stars
- Ruaumoko , God of Warmth, Earthquakes and Volcanoes
- Rongo, God of Peace and Culture
- Tane Mahuta, God of Forests, Life and Trees
- Tangaroa, God of the Sea
- Tawhirimatea, Renegade God of Weather, Lightning and Clouds
- Tūmatauenga, God of War and Subduing
Second Generation (~2400 BC to 700 BC)
- First Titanomachy. The Nga Tama A Rangi is formed
- Tane Mahuta plants the first World Trees. Apparition of the first Otherworlds
- Tawhirimatea, who sided with Ouranos and Gaia, wages a revenge war upon his brethren. He is defeated by Tūmatauenga
- Hine-nui-te-po marries Tane Mahuta and realizes he is her father. Out of shame she exiles herself in Rarohenga and becomes the Goddess of Death.
- Second Titanomachy. Auahitūroa and the Ngā Mānawa betray the Gods and join the Titans under the lead of Prometheus