Story: Traditional Māori religion – ngā karakia a te Māori

Child feeding a tohunga, around 1863

Child feeding a tohunga, around 1863

A child feeds a tohunga food on a stick. The spiritual role of tohunga meant items that were noa (common) such as food could not be touched in case they affected tapu.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-080-003
Watercolour by Horatio Gordon Robley

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Basil Keane, 'Traditional Māori religion – ngā karakia a te Māori - Tohunga', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/30783/child-feeding-a-tohunga-around-1863 (accessed 14 October 2019)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011