Story: Traditional Māori religion – ngā karakia a te Māori

Whakapakoko atua (2nd of 2)

Whakapakoko atua

Whakapakoko atua (god sticks) had a pointed end so they could be inserted into the ground. They were used as temporary shrines for a particular god, to assist tohunga in priestly rites. They helped make resources abundant.

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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/30823/whakapakoko-atua (accessed 21 January 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011