Story: Kūmara

Atua kiato (2nd of 2)

Atua kiato

These atua kiato (wooden god sticks) were erected around kūmara gardens. They were designed to preserve the fertility of the crop by protecting the mauri (life force) of the kūmara.

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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/17373/atua-kiato (accessed 25 September 2020)

Story by Peter Adds, published 24 Nov 2008