Maori - The war canoe and storehouse are also vital...

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The war canoe and storehouse are also vital elements of the Maori culture and religion outside of the meeting house. The war canoe, or waka taua in Maori, was elaborately carved on all sides. The stern post, which is at the back of the canoe, is one of the most highly decorated components. There is a very specific way that this part needs to be carved as well. Near the top, there must be a manaia. 1 A manaia is a figure in which the face is shown in profile. 2 This manaia holds two ribs, one of them is either being bitten by the manaia or is the manaia’s tongue. Another one of these figures also must be at the lower rear. At the lower front of the stern post there is a human figure that can either be very realistic or very stylized. 3 All of the components included in this part of the canoe are significant to the religion. It is said that the two ribs represent the two creative principles, knowledge and life, which are being attacked by the manaia while also being protected by the manaia. 4
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ARTH 110 taught by Professor Peters during the Spring '07 term at St. Thomas.

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