In Polynesian mythology
is the god of trees and light
, and the first son of Rangi
. As a young boy, he was hunted by Atea
. Escaping to Earth
, Tane became very hungry and ate a man, becoming the first cannibal. He later killed Atea with lightning
bolts, given to him by his ancestor, Fatu-tiri. He created the dawn, as well as the Tui
, a bird that was a staple food of the Polynesians
With Hina, he was the father of Hine-nui-te-Po, whom he later married, not knowing who she was. Upon discovering that she had married her father, Hine-nui-te-Po fled to the underworld, and began ruling there as queen.
Tane's eternal enemy is Whiro. Tane created Tiki, the first man.