What is a Matakite?

What is a Matakite?

Matakite. A matakite was someone who could divine information about the future, or about present events in other places. A tohunga was often a matakite. In one example a group was marching to battle when the god Maru appeared to their tohunga.

How were tohunga selected in pre colonial times?

Tohunga. In the past, tohunga (learned experts) were a special group of people. They were selected at birth, usually from the rangatira class, although particularly talented individuals might be selected from lower ranks.

What is tapu in Māori?

Tapu is the strongest force in Māori life. It has numerous meanings and references. Tapu can be interpreted as ‘sacred’, or defined as ‘spiritual restriction’, containing a strong imposition of rules and prohibitions. A person, object or place that is tapu may not be touched or, in some cases, not even approached.

Can a woman be a tohunga?

The importance, role and practices of female tohunga have been to some extent been ignored, or briefly touched upon by twentieth century scholars, and has only been explored with greater depth in modern times.

What is a Trojan whale?

A whale of a Trojan Horse The origin of the name for the Ngāti Kurī tribe of Muriwhenua is linked to the construction of a whale made of dog skins. This became a Trojan Horse, concealing 100 warriors as it appeared to lie beached on the coast, in front of an unsuspecting enemy village.

What is a Whakanoa?

Whakanoa is the process of removing tapu. There are many rituals and processes to remove tapu, usually involving kai or water, and always involving kōrero.

Are rāhui legal?

The imposing of rāhui by Māori iwi has no official legal standing, and penalties are not formally imposed upon anyone breaking a rāhui, but it is seen as culturally insensitive to do so.

Can you swim in a rāhui?

Usually a rāhui in response to a water-related death forbids swimming in the area as well as collecting shellfish and fishing. However, this rāhui will only restrict fishing and shellfish collection.

What is a Māori healer?

Rongoā Māori is the traditional healing system of Māori. It focuses on the oral transmission of knowledge, diversity of practice and the spiritual dimension of health. Rongoā Māori encompasses herbal remedies, physical therapies and spiritual healing.

Did Maori people ride whales?

Tinirau – Whale Rider of the Magic Island The ancient Maori depended on stranded whales as a major protein source on islands where big game was scarce and came in the form of a giant chicken (hunted by a giant eagle—but that is a story for another post). Yet whales are also revered in Maori culture.

What is a Maori matakite?

noun matakite. 1 New Zealand A Maori person with supernatural insight who sees visions of the future. ‘A female matakite may be found at the village.’.

Who is tohunga matakite?

He uri hikahika matua mai i a Te Kēmara, te tohunga matakite, tangata ruānuku nei o Ngā Puhi (TTR 2000:70). / A direct descendant of Te Kēmara, the seer and wise old man of Ngā Puhi.

What is the meaning of whakakotahitia?

1. (verb) (-a) to see into the future, prophesy, prophesies, foresee, foretell. I whakakotahitia te tangata me tāna i matakite ai, ka whai wāhi rawa ia ki roto ki ngā tikanga me ngā mātauranga o te iwi (TTR 1994:135). / The man and the vision were united, and he became part of the traditions and knowledge of the people. Found 1 match

What influences the wellbeing of people experiencing matakite?

Multiple factors are identified as impacting upon the wellbeing and health of people experiencing matakite. The impact of social and cultural factors, as well as the politics of mental health, upon the wellbeing of matakite are identified, and possible strategies for enhancing and protecting wellbeing around matakite experiences are discussed.

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