Story: Papatūānuku – the land

Pregnant woman

Pregnant woman

Pregnant women and Papatūānuku were closely aligned in traditional Māori thought. As women give birth to humankind, so did Papatūānuku. Additionally, when a child was born its placenta (whenua) was buried in the land (also whenua), underscoring the link.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Papatūānuku – the land - Women and land', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11432/pregnant-woman (accessed 20 February 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007