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tohunga

NZ a Maori priest, the repository of traditional lore
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The tohunga's role was to mediate between the spirit world and the injured person, and the various therapies available to tohunga were learnt through years of contemplation, korero [conversations] and spiritual practices (Riley 1994).
In 1769, a famous tohunga from Tahiti, named Tupaia, went on board the Endeavour, the ship commanded by Captain Cook.
Ariki and Genesis are engaged in a fight for Mana's soul--will he take over the role of tohunga from his uncle, or surrender to the dark forces of gang culture?
One of the elders is a particularly esteemed tohunga (expert) in speechmaking and divination.
Next to her, at Kupe's other foot was the tohunga (healer) Pekahourangi, "who vanquished monsters on this epic voyage of discovery.
Hone and Temepara's cousins, Rangi and Ngaire, are much happier these days that their firm traditional religious beliefs in taniwha (spiritual guardians or monsters), mauri (life force), kaitiakitanga (spiritual guardianship), tohunga ( faith healers /priests), waahi tapu (sacred sites) and the like, are taken seriously by civil tribunals in environmental, bioethical and other decision-making contexts.
On the island of Mata Nui, the Tohunga are struggling.
Traditional wananga involved tohunga (experts) passing on tribal knowledge, secular and ritual.
Ehura's grandfather was Rakau, described by Judith Binney as the elderly and religious tohunga (39) of Rangihoua.
23) Trevor Bentley's recent popularizing book on the Pakeha-Maori (24) gives us a mixed taxonomy of the species: there were mokai Pakeha (pet Pakeha); taurekareka Pakeha (slave Pakeha); Pakeha toa (Pakeha who took part in wars); trader Pakeha; tohunga Pakeha (Pakeha priests); rangatira Pakeha (Pakeha chiefs).
Port Levy, where the "Fourth World" vision takes place, had been the site of an important Maori settlement and the Maori tohunga or priest, consulted by the authors, was of the opinion that their visionary experience was genuine.