Monday, June 27, 2011

Matariki (Seven Stars)

In the past few weeks, I learnt about Matariki.Matariki is a Maori name for a group of stars, also known as the Pleiades or The Seven Sisters. Matariki has two meanings. Mata Riki (Tiny Eyes) and Mata Ariki (Eyes of God).

Today it means celebrating the place that we live in and giving respect. It's also a time for new harvests, and offerings to the land-based Gods: Rongo, Uenuku and Whiro to make sure that all good crops are for the coming year.

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