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The Old-Time Maori

Mana of Tuhourangi1

Mana of Tuhourangi1

The mana of Tuhourangi commenced on the day of Tuhourangi the great ancestor. It was conferred on him by Rangitihi his father above his elder brothers. There were seven older than he by different mothers. Tuhourangi was the youngest son. Their father made them walk under Tuhourangi. They did so with the exception of Ratoroa who escaped the ceremony. Wahiao being male direct descendant from Tuhourangi, the mana was inherited by him. He had a double mana, over the people and over the land.

1 From Makereti's papers, now in my keeping.—Editor.