Wednesday Aug 02, 2023

Funkihi Town

Episode 35 - Funkihi Town (Based on a True Story) 

Why or when does an Atua choose to show up, ā-tinana? Through karakia...  perhaps? Or maybe after the death of a noble? You'll know if an Atua is nearby. We often see their presence, especially at tangi, but don't realize it. You might see a greenstone patu run red, or te huingā manu arā manu gathered in unusual groups on a lake. I've seen it all. Sometimes Atua will come a little closer, but so as not to scare the living daylights out of you, they will move stealthily under the cover of fog. Here in Tūwharetoa, it's called Te Huringā Taniwhā. In days gone by, if you were really fortunate, one of the gods might show up at a pakanga, drawn to the bloodlust of a warrior in full rage mode, or like in our story, a warrior in mid-battle... on the dance floor. 

T.A. Whero

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