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In Polynesian mythology (specifically: Maori), Rangi is the sky father, wife of the Earth Mother, Papa. They had many children, but their embrace (as the Earth and the sky) threatened to crush plants, trees and their offspring, so the other gods (or just Tangaroa) separated them and light first appeared between them. Fog is said to be the sighs of loneliness of Papa, while the dew is the tears of Rangi.

Their children include: Haumea, Ruau-Moko, Pere, Paikea, Rongo, Rehua, Tane, Tangaroa, Tawhiri and Tu.

Alternative: Raki (Nghaitahu), Hanui-o-Rangi ("father of winds")