Story: Traditional Māori religion – ngā karakia a te Māori

Te Rerenga Wairua

This map shows some of the key places spirits pass after death on their journey to Te Rēinga, according to Māori tradition. The pathway that they follow is known as Te Ara Wairua. Manawatāwhi means last breath, because spirits rise from the sea here to take one final look at their homeland before heading to the underworld.

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Basil Keane, 'Traditional Māori religion – ngā karakia a te Māori - Spiritual concepts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/30796/te-rerenga-wairua (accessed 13 July 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011