WWOOFing it Up in Kiwiland: organic farming in New Zealand 2012

3 years later and life brings me back to New Zealand. This time for a longer period, for a different purpose, with a different outlook on life than last time. I hope what transpires from a few years of travelling as far and as wide as possible across this beautiful country is a basic but decent knowledge and experience in organic farming, self sustainable living, and food production. Come and join me, there's loads of room in the car.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Cannibalism and Hoani Waititi Urban Marae: my first Maori cultural visit

So I asked Helen, and someone else confirmed, that there was cannibalism among Maori iwis / tribes. As a demonstration of power the chief would eat the flesh of a defeated iwi's chief... not much more barbaric than the English who beheaded and displayed the heads on spears. All cultures have warfare and killing people is horrific no matter what land and people's perpetrate it.

Check out the pictures.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like the Maori, like other cultures that practiced cannibalism, ate only people they no longer/never did consider fully human, the same way slavery was historically justified. (I edited that from "is justified" because I have learned there is more slavery worldwide today than in the "days of slavery" and I don't even know how it's justified. The more you learn, I guess.)

Anyways, it's just like you said about the English. We're so good at dividing ourselves between "us and them" and "good and bad" that it's so easy to be horrible to people we think as enemies or defeated or others. It's universal.

30 September 2009 at 21:23  

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