A diverse group of mourners is attending this tangi (funeral) at Manaia, Coromandel, in 1905. The immediate family of the deceased (known as the whānau pani) sit in the porch of the meeting house alongside the coffin, which is draped with fine cloaks. A tangi such as this might be attended by mourners from a wide area, and last for several days. It not only allows the mourners to express their grief, but has the symbolic purpose of enabling the wairua (spirit) of the deceased to depart appropriately.
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