Story: Rural mythologies

Taumata atua

Taumata atua

Taumata atua (resting place of gods) were tapu stones placed in kūmara fields to increase the productivity of the crop. They represented Rongo, the Māori god of agriculture.

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Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - First traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/20294/taumata-atua (accessed 27 November 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008