Atea and Papa

Atea and Papa (sky and flat) In Polynesian mythology, the sky and the earth, who were later made into gods. In one myth the couple held themselves in such a tight sexual embrace that none of their children could free themselves.

Finally, the children conspired to kill their mother and father, but one of the children, Tane, suggested that the two be separated. This was done, forming the sky and earth.


Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante