The First Temple is Built on Earth

Taane Nui a Rangi now urged his whanau, saying, “Tamakaka, Tupai a Tau, Rongomaraeroa, and Tawhirimatea; let us all go to Rangi Tamaku and obtain the design of Whare Kura and build a similar one here on earth; in which to deposit the Waananga of the heavens.”

Tawhirimatea consented to this.

When they reached Rangi Tamaku, they carefully copied the design of the temple; it was a temple for dwelling in; they measured the pillars, the length of the ridge and the house, the width and the height.

That house belonged to Nuku te Aio, father of Rua i te Pukenga who disclosed to Taane Nui a Rangi the location of that house.

That house was a Matarua, that is, having two windows, one on each side of the door.

On their return they built Whare Kura as a depository for the knowledge which Ruamatau and Aitupawa had told one of the family to fetch.

So they built and finished the first Whare Kura, from the design of which in succeeding ages all other temples are built.

After this was built Te Whare Rangi, the house of Tamakaka and some others; it had only one window on the right hand side of the door.

This kind of house is called a Matahi. Then they built the house of Tupai a Tau named Rangi Pukohu.

When that was completed they erected a house for Taane Nui a Rangi and Tangaroamatua, named Hui te Ananui, a very big house, with four windows, two in front, two behind; such a house is now called Matawha.

This house was very richly carved, the pillars, the ridge, the rafters, the barge boards, the purlins, the battens, the central pillars, the back and front pillars, and the front enclosure of the porch; all were carved.

Then was erected the house of Tu Matauenga, named Te Roroku oo te Rangi.

This was the most sacred house of them all, exceedingly great was its Tapu, as much so as that of Whare Kura. Here were kept the weapons of war, and all pertaining thereto, and to the ritual and Karakia, and the god images of that particular profession.

After that was built the house of Rongomaraeroa named Haowhenua.

It was built as a house in which all agricultural implements and the teaching thereof were deposited.

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