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Maori Tohunga

In the culture of the Māori of New Zealand, a Tohunga is an expert practitioner of any skill or art, either religious or otherwise. Tohunga include expert priests, healers, navigators, carvers, builders, teachers and advisors.

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Te Takarangi

The Takarangi is an intersecting double spiral pattern that signifies humanity’s celestial origin born at the beginning of the Universe. 

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The Mystery of the Korotangi

The most mysterious, sacred and remarkable of all Maori relics, 'The Korotangi' is the name given to a stone bird brought from Hawaiki to Aotearoa by the Maori in the Tainui hūhunu (ocean-going canoe). Carved from a green mineral called serpentine found in China and Indonesia, the bird measures 10.25 inches (26.5 cms) from point of beak to tip of tail and weighs a total of 4 lb (1.81kg). The Korotangi is not of Maori or even Polynesian origin as it was made with metal tools of which the people of the Pacific had no knowledge. The Maori’s  know they didn’t make it, and they don’t know who did. It is the opinion of most ethnologists is that the Korotangi is of...

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Tikis in Maori Culture

You probably have seen tikis in popular culture, movies, and on your tropical vacations before, but do you know the story behind these items? The tikis are steeped in rich native history that not many people know about. Let's take a look at their origins, the different types, and their significance to Maori culture. What is a Tiki?
The term 'Tiki' is generally used to describe a carved human-like figure traditionally worn around the neck by both by the New Zealand Maori and other polynesians. Many believe that the name 'tiki' comes from the myth of Tiki, who was the first man created by Tane. The full name is Hei-tiki. 'Hei' means to wear around the neck. In Maori culture, Hei Tikis are treated as family heirlooms and...

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Maori 'Ta Moko' Tattoo

While most tattoos are meaningful and carry a history, not many contemporary versions can compete with the tradition and symbolic nature of the Ta Moko tattoos. These tattoos are unique to the Maori people in New Zealand, and tribal members have donned these pieces for centuries. You probably know these tattoos for their unique spiral designs that fit together like pieces of a puzzle. Both men and women would receive these tattoos, with men having them on their thighs, buttocks, and face. Women were limited to designs on their lips and chin, and the designs typically represented love or marriage-eligibility. Tattoos with a Deeper MeaningWhile modern tattooing involves puncturing the skin and injecting an ink or dye, Maori moko tattoos...

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