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Medicine Amongst the Maoris, in Ancient and Modern Times



A method of augury was obtained by the "tohunga" resorting to some growing flax, and drawing the centre blade or "rite". This was termed "takiri". If the blade came away whole, the omen was good, but if it broke off short, the prognosis was unfavourable. With the Urewera tribe if the blade made a creaking sound as it was drawn from the sheath, the omen was good. Grass or toe-toe could be treated in the same way as flax.