Story: Kūmara

Taumata atua (1st of 2)

Taumata atua

Taumata atua (resting place of gods) were stone figures that represented Rongo. They were believed to preserve the mauri (life force) of the kūmara crop.

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How to cite this page:

Peter Adds, 'Kūmara - Religious aspects', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/17372/taumata-atua (accessed 26 June 2019)

Story by Peter Adds, published 24 Nov 2008