Story: Traditional Māori religion – ngā karakia a te Māori

Tūāhu

Tūāhu

This sketch was made by the missionary Richard Taylor. It shows a large wooden figure with a moko (tattoo), with two smaller figures each side. Taylor suggested this was a tūāhu, a sacred place. Tūāhu were usually located away from kāinga.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-296-q-057-2
Ink and watercolour by Richard Taylor

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Traditional Māori religion – ngā karakia a te Māori - Tūāhu and wāhi tapu', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/30820/tuahu (accessed 6 June 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011