According to Māori mythology, Tāne Mahuta is the god of forests and of birds. In the Waipoua Forest of Northland Region, New Zealand a giant kauri tree named Tāne Mahuta still stands today. Its age is unknown but is estimated to be between 1,250 and 2,500 years old.
Some legends say that Tāne created the first man from clay andnamed him Tiki. More widely known is a tradition that Tāne was trying to find himself a wife, but at first he found only non-human females and fathered insects, birds, and plants. Then he made a woman by moulding her from the soil. In some stories, Tāne marries his daughter Hine-tītama without her knowing who he is. Upon discovering that she has married her father, she flees to the underworld, and becomes the goddess of death, Hine-nui-te-pō. Tāne follows her and begs her to return. She tells him to return to the world and raise their children, while she will wait below to receive them when they die.
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