[An-lang] papa

Miriam Meyerhoff mhoff at ling.ed.ac.uk
Mon Oct 20 08:16:08 UTC 2003

"Papa" in Maori is actually 'earth (mother)', as in Papatuanuku. The
mythological sky father is Ranginui.


>Hello - I'm interested in the word "papa".  I read recently that
>this word means "father" in Maori and Moriori.  I know "papa" means
>rock or a board in some Polynesian languages. I just want to know
>how far the word "papa" is used throughout Polynesia in the sense of
>"father" or having something to do with geneology.  I also want to
>know if the word is definitley of Polynesian origin as opposed to
>being a European loan word.
>If you'd like to answer straight to my email, you can reply to
><mailto:dagunn at uophx.edu>dagunn at uophx.edu
>David Gunn
>An-lang mailing list
>An-lang at anu.edu.au


Miriam Meyerhoff
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