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Mana Atua – a description

January 18, 2012

“Reedy explains the Maori tradition of returning the placenta (whenua) to the land (whenua), and comments: ‘Because of these traditions, the spiritual unity of the child with the land, with its people, and with the Universe at large is as one; the sense of identity for the land of one’s birth is inculcated in the person; familiarity and love for the geographic features of home are learned and imprinted in one’s mind and love and respect for the land and its environment. The spirit of the land lives in the person; the physical and emotional identity with the land are strengthened through myths, song, dance, and karakia; confidence and self-esteem are the outcomes.'” (p.24)

Ref: (emphases in bold, green mine) Jenny Ritchie (2001) Implementing a bicultural curriculum some considerations Early Childhood Folio 5, 23-26

quoting: p.21 Reedy, T. (1995). Toku rangatiratanga na te manamatauranga. ‘Knowledge and Power set me free.’ Early Childhood Convention, Auckland


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