A MANIHIKI MYTH (ATOLL IN THE COOK ISLANDS) ON HOW MAUI SLOWED THE SUN’S COURSE
Maui, the demigod of the thousand cheats, one day thought long and hard about how to catch Ra, the Sun god, and force him to move slower through the sky. The days were too short and the men did not have enough time to cook their food because the god had already gone into the world below.
Maui packed a big rope of coconut fibers, he went to the extreme horizon, to the well from which Ra stands, and threw the noose around the well to capture the god. The ploy did not work because the rope broke. He tried again with ropes more resistant, but these burned up.
As a result of these facts, Maui cut off a lock of holy hair from his sister Hina and used them to weave a rope with a supernatural power that made it indestructible. When dawn came, the Sun god came up through the well of the spirit world and Maui pulled on the cord and captured Ra. After many futile attempts to wriggle free, Ra agreed that in exchange for his freedom he would move slowly.
Since then men have had longer days to do what they wish.
The jewels of the collection MITI are inspired by mythical characters or events.
Materials: Sterling Silver and Orange Jade