The Snaring of The Sun 

Not surprisingly, Maui’s four brothers were jealous of the favoritism shown him by their mother Taranga, but when he offered to slow down the sun so that the days would be longer and they would all have more time to find food, they agreed to help.  

Carrying the enchanted jawbone of his grandmother, Maui led his brothers eastwards, to the edge of the pit from which the sun rises each morning.  There, as it rose, the brothers snared the sun with huge plaited flax ropes.  As they hold it still, Maui with the enchanted jawbone cruelly smashed the sun’s face time and time again, until it was so feeble that it could but creep across the sky – and continues so to do to this very day.  

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