Kōrero: Rural mythologies

Taumata atua

Taumata atua

Taumata atua (resting place of gods) were tapu stones placed in kūmara fields to increase the productivity of the crop. They represented Rongo, the Māori god of agriculture.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - First traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/object/20294/taumata-atua (accessed 28 January 2020)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 24 Nov 2008