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Regardless of why they were told, many of the stories still remain popular today and, although we no longer swap stories around the fireside, the tradition of storytelling still continues in the form of urban legends. Many older stories also live on in current day carnivals or festivals, which have their roots in a very different past. This is an awesome link to a New Zealand mythological site http://www.deeknow.com/notes/maori/maui.html and this http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/ranginui-the-sky/1
Maui Fishing up the North Island, W. Dittmer, 1907 - click for more.
and this site will tell you which symbols portrait some of the Ancient Gods http://www.loggia.com/myth/symbols.html