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How Maui found the secret of fire.
Maui was a trickster! He was Inquisitive. One misty cloudy night, Maui Tikitikiataranga was wondering how fire was made, so when everyone from his village had gone to sleep, Maui crept out of his cloak covered bed and seized the largest calabash he could find and filled it up to the top with water until it almost burst and smacked it fiercely against the a long flaming twig that sizzled when water trickled down it .Night swept by and in a couple of hours morning awoke him.”WHO let the fire out?” boomed Maui’s mother, “It was I” said Maui. “Why would you do that?” asked his Mother. “I wanted to see how fire was made”, explained Maui. “Go to Mahuika, your grandmother; ask her for a fire finger .She can be quite fierce. Maui got instructions to the underground. He darted off to the cave belonging to his grandmother.
“Who enters my world?!” Mahuika shouted.
“It is I, Maui. Grandmother, I need a fire finger”.
“Why?” Asked Mahuika, angrily.
“A drizzle of rain slipped from the roof and splashed over our fire”. But Maui knew he was tricking, Mahuika threatened him if he was to return but return he did each time until eight fingernails were each killed, washed out, or eaten- by a taniwha Maui thought “I’ll take this one and see how fire’s made” he giggled.
“MAUI! MAUI! MAUI! Is it you?” Mahuika boomed. Maui shrieked with laughter.
Trouble trouble” echoed around Maui’s head. “Want to waste me, roared Mahuika. The whistled flame grew big and Mahuika tossed it at Maui. It soon happened it was on fire. It twisted up dead climbing roses greedily. “Rain, rain, please bring rain” pleaded Maui. Next mountains of water piled down. Mahuika knew she was going to die so she threw fire into two trees. Maui saw her do this; and that was the story of how Maui found the secret of fire.
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