Story: Traditional Māori religion – ngā karakia a te Māori

Taumata atua (1st of 2)

Taumata atua

This taumata atua (resting place of the gods) was found on Mokoia Island in Lake Rotorua. Taumata atua were tapu stones placed in kūmara fields to increase the productivity of crops. They represented Rongo, the god of cultivated foods.

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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/object/30822/taumata-atua (accessed 19 September 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011