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Tūmatauenga by Shannon Brocas

Tūmatauenga - The God of War and Progenitor of Humankind.

In Māori mythology, Tūmatauenga unsuccessfully tried to convince his brothers Tāne Mahuta, Tangaroa, Rongomātāne and Haumia-tikitiki that they would only obtain their freedom by killing their parents - Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatūānuku (the earth mother). After deliberation, it was decided by the brothers to separate Ranginui and Papatūānuku. While this proved successful and the gods were freed from the embrace of their parents, Tūmatauenga sought to teach his brothers a lesson by defeating them one after the other.

Tūmatauenga crafted snares to catch the children of Tāne Mahuta, wove nets to trap the children of Tangaroa, and fashioned tools to tear the children of Rongomātāne and Haumia-tikitiki from the ground. The natural world bent to the will of Tūmatauenga.

Tūmatauenga was both creator and destroyer, and his knowledge and skills as hunter, gatherer, and warrior would be passed onto humankind.

Tūmatauenga has a long-standing rivalry with his brother Tāwhirimātea - The God of Weather, including thunder and lightning, wind, clouds, rain, mist, fog and storms. Tūmatauenga was the only one of his brothers that Tāwhirimātea could not overwhelm when he came to punish the gods for separating Ranginui and Papatūānuku, and Tūmatauenga did not back away from the wrath of Tāwhirimātea - he welcomed the conflict. However, neither brother was able to obtain an advantage over the other, being evenly matched.

Character Design Sheet by the very talented Shannon Brocas.

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