Fighting Back: Introduction to AIDS Education
The off-spring of Tuu increased and multiplied, and did not know death, until the generation of Maaui-tikitiki, who was aborted by his mother, and cast by her into the sea. He was washed ashore, entangled in seaweed, and swarmed over by gulls and flies. Rangi reached down and took him up into the sky where he was nursed back to life, and where his childhood was spent.
His mother knew no more of him until, years later, he appeared among his elder brothers one night as they stood in the dance line at their home. In a farcical incident the mother is forced to recognize the young Maauis as her child, though at first she denies him, saying, "This is the first time I have seen you. Get out of this house. You are not my child."
Reluctantly, Maaui moved towards the door, muttering as he went, "I'll go, then, if you say so. Perhaps I am the child of a stranger, but I did believe that I was born near the ocean, wrapped by you in your girdle, and cast into the sea. And I was rescued by Rangi, and nurtured by him in the sky, where I used to gaze down and watch this house, and listen to your voices. Indeed I know the names of your children. There is Maaui-to-the-side, and Maaui-within; there is Maaui-opposite, and Maaui-without. And I say to you that I am Maaui-the-girdle-of-Taranga."
Then at last Taranga called out to him, "You are indeed my lastborn, the child of my old age, Maaui-the-girdle-of-Taranga." And she kissed him, and took him to sleep in her own bed.