Topia Turoa of Whanganui and a kuia mourn for those who have passed on at Rānana on the Whanganui River. The title of this image, 'Tangi at Ranana', refers to how people wept for the dead, rather than a funeral (tangi) ceremony. The fall of tears and possibly mucus is depicted, in accordance with the Māori proverb 'Nā te hūpē me ngā roimata ka ea ai te mate.' (By mucus and tears death is avenged.)
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