Varima-te-takere desperately wanted children, so she shaped them from her body. From her left side, she shaped Vatea (father of the gods). From her right, she created the goddess Papa. Together, Vatea and Papa created the Earth and the god Tangaroa (or Tinirau).
Interestingly enough, Vatea and Papa were not only gods, but were also the first humans. They populated the world with their offspring, thus creating the people of the world.
In another version of the myth, Varima-te-takere is credited with creating Tinirau (lord of the seas), Raka (lord of the winds), Tango (lord of the birds), Tumu-te-ana-oa (echo of the rocks), and Tu-metua (the fourteenth night). She shaped these gods from her flesh much like she did Vatea and Papa.
Varima-te-takere is also celebrated in the Polynesian myths as the Mother Goddess.
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