"The Void." The primal Power of the Cosmos, the Void or Negation, yet containing the potentiality of all things afterwards to come.
One authority1 gives the process of evolution as follows: Te Kore (the Void); Te Kore-tuatahi; Te Kore-tuarua; Kore-nui; Kore-roa; Kore-para; Kore-whiwhia; Kore-rawea; Kore-te-tamaua; Te Mangu (the Black, or Erebus). From the union of Te Mangu with Mahorahora-nui-a-Rangi (the Great Expanse of Heaven), came the four Toko (the Props).
But in both the above cosmogonies, Pō (Night, or the Unseen World) precedes the Void. A third list3 is given in which God is said to have begun his chant of Creation at Te Pō, and sang; Pō begat Te Ao, who begat Ao-marama, who begat Kore-te-whiwhia, Kore-te-rawea, Kore-te-tamana, Kore-te-matua-Maku, Mahoranui-a-tea-Raki (Rangi). A fourth series4 commences with Kune (Conception), and after five generations or processions arrives at Pō; then, after ten begettings, Kore (Nothing) is produced, Kore-te-whiwhia, Kore-te-rawea, Ao. One of the Kore was of human form, as was also a Pō, an Ao, etc.
The series of Time-spaces, each not less than one thousand years, from the lowest point of existence upwards to unlimited time, is as follows: Te Kore; Te Pō; Te Rapunga; Whaia; Te Kukune; Te Pupuke; Te Hihiri; Te Mahara; Te Hinengaro; Te Manako; Te Wananga; Te Ahua; Te Atamai; Te Whiwhia; Rawea; Hopu-tu; Hau-ora; and Ātea.
- Shortland, Edward. (1882). Maori Religion and Mythology. London: Longmans Green, p. 12.
- Grey, Sir George. (1853). Ko Nga Moteatea, Me Nga Hakirara O Nga Maori, Wellington: Robert Stokes, Appendix.
- White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G, Disbury, p. 1:18.
- Taylor, Richard. (1870). Te Ika a Maui. 2nd ed. London: Macintosh, p. 109.
- Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 168.
This article incorporates text from Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary (1891) by Edward Tregear, which is in the public domain.