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The earth and the sky came together and spawned six children: Tawhiri, the god of weather; Rongo, the god of crops; Tu, the god of war; Tangaroa, the god of the sea; Tane, the god of the forests; and Haumia, the god of plants. According to the myth, the children didn’t have enough space to live because their parents were very close together, resulting in an effort to separate Rangi and Papa so that they would have more space. They rebelled and successfully separated their parents when Tane cut the arms of their father, Rangi, so that he couldn’t hold their mother anymore. The children were then able to see the light and the sky for the first time.
"In our culture, we are taught the same as our generation, from mother to mother. Our tradition is mainly about teaching your children the same skills you were taught. In a way, I'm not different from my parents or grandparents. The only difference is now we live in a more modern age. We are taught to never forget where you came from, and who you were chosen to be as a human."
Why are we so much disconnected with the ways that served our ancestors for centuries? Were they really worthy, or just the thing of the tiems, which had to pass and give road to technology?
Let me explain. Many Native creation myths as well as stories are mnemonic devices.
But is is also imperative to understand the sociology of the group, how they functioned, what their landscape looked like, what they might have seen every day as they lived their lives. The amount of information packed into one story is huge, if one is to understand it fully. And the sad part is, that so many of these stories are rootless now and we can only guess as to their original meaning.
This "Native Character" could be found in my personal opinion best shwon, in their own most sacred and intimate self-expression - The Myth. Their Religion.
When I think of what may be different between the generations... is the size of the Pineal Gland. Diet, environmental conditions, and a lack of unity with nature has rendered the functions of it to be limited at the least... if not all but extinct in function for all we know. Something in me believes that the realness and knowledge in dreams would steer our functions more then they do now if we had the same abilities of the Pineal Gland as our ancestors did.
It also may be a catch 22. Being able to live physical life being steered by the Pineal Gland could likely lead to lesser capabilities in the building aspects of civilization. Just as our building up of civilization, in terms of science and math, very likely has left our abilities to live life through what our spirit/heart encourage, over what logic encourages.