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The Traditional Maori Pukana. This is where those performing stare wildly & dilate their eyes. It is done by both genders when performing the haka and waiata to emphasise particular words. The culture of New Zealand.

NEW ZEALAND The Traditional Maori Pukana. This is where those performing stare wildly & dilate their eyes. It is done by both genders when performing the haka and waiata to emphasise particular words. The culture of New Zealand.

As a polytheist culture, the Maori worshipped many gods, goddesses and spirits. Maori believe that ancestors and supernatural beings are ever-present and able to help the tribe in times of need. Myths are set in the remote past. They present Maori ideas about the creation of the universe and the origins of gods and of people.

The long and intriguing story of the origins of the indigenous Maori people can be traced back to the century, the mythical homeland Hawaiki, Eastern Polynesia.

Defining aspects of Maori traditional culture include art, legends, tattoos (ta moko), performances (notably kapa haka), customs, hospitality and community.  Tattooing has always been an important part of Maori culture. Receiving tattoos was an important step to maturity and there were many rites and rituals associated with the event. Every member of a Maori tribe had a specific role and a specific place within the social order.

Members of the Maori Tribe of New Zealand: “Indigenous Maori people can be traced back to the century, the mythical homeland Hawaiki, Eastern Polynesia.” Jimmy Nelson photo series ‘Before They.