Story: Traditional Māori warfare – Riri



Tūmatauenga, the main Māori god of war, is one of the sons of Ranginui (sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother). In tradition, Tūmatauenga sought to solve conflict by warfare and was the deity of humans. This sculpture of Tūmatauenga guards one of the entrances to Eden Park, Auckland, where a different form of conflict – rugby – is played.

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Basil Keane, 'Traditional Māori warfare – Riri - Atua – origins of wars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 April 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012