Story: Tangihanga – death customs

Weeping over a deceased chief (2nd of 2)

Weeping over a deceased chief

This scene was recorded by George French Angas in 1847. It shows a group of mourners weeping over the tūpāpaku (body) of a local rangatira. The chief's body sits on the porch of the wharenui wrapped in mats.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Reference: 1965/14/5
Hand-coloured lithograph by George French Angas

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How to cite this page:

Rawinia Higgins, 'Tangihanga – death customs - Understanding tangihanga', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/28773/weeping-over-a-deceased-chief (accessed 24 March 2019)

Story by Rawinia Higgins, published 5 May 2011