tohunga


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tohunga

NZ a Maori priest, the repository of traditional lore
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Maori physical therapies cannot be seen in isolation from other therapeutic practices, including the tohunga's invocation of atua (or gods/ spirits); customary practices, like the isolation of the injured (or tapu) person, from the rest of the tribe; or the use of plant matter for practices like massage, steaming, and splinting.
Professor Temara is a customary tohunga who is renowned for the opening of carved meeting houses and other significant places.
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?
HarperCollins/A&R the next episode with Mercy Exile Rebecca Lim, #3 The Hunchback Assignments Empire of Ruins Arthur Slade ($19.99 pbk); HarperCollins NZ concluding with The Lost Tohunga David Hair (NZ$24.99 pbk)
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." (2) "The Coming of the Maori" was sculpted by William Trethewey for the 1939-40 Centennial Exhibition in Wellington.
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.