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Taniwha is a mythological creature living in the sea, rivers, pools, swamps and underwater caves. Their habitat was especially located near ominous places. These legendary Maori beings are both perceived as hostile beings as well as guardians (kaitiaki) of individuals or tribes. Taniwha have the ability to shift shape. Once in the water they could appear as sharks, giant squids, or big sea snakes while on land they turned into giant lizzards or even dragons. The fierce creatures were feared by many.
One legend, titled “The Taniwha of Kaipara”, illustrates the …
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When I say Maori you will probably think of fierce warriors with facial tattoos who live in tribal communities with their typical wood carved houses. You might also associate the ‘indigenous’ people of New Zealand with their symbolic dance, the haka, their lively symbolic and spiritual beliefs, or their ancestral worshiping.
Another aspect of the Maori culture, one I especially appreciate, is their highly developed craftsmanship regarding bone carving pendants. The beauty of this art does not only lie in the tangible carvings themselves but also in the spiritual meanings behind …