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« Reply #29: November 26, 2008, 01:16:33 pm »

NZ is such a young country anyway. The first settlers of this land were Polynesians who arrived around 1200 AD: Europeans showed up in the late 1700s. I'm not Maori or Moriori so my ties to this land are very recent (I can trace my paternal family's arrival here back to around 1805 but my maternal family are only second-gen).

Growing up in "the heart of Maoridom" as I did taught me an appreciation of Maori culture (well, specific to the 3 or 4 local tribes, anyway), and made damn sure that I would never dream of appropriating their pre-colonial gods, mythos or practices. It was up to me to find and worship the gods of my culture.

I do make offerings to the atua of the area where I live, however, because there is a similar Roman concept of numina. Those spirits are definitely tied to this place, but should I go elsewhere, I'm sure I'll soon discover the numina there.

How interesting  Smiley

Can I ask; why would you never approach the Gods of the Maori culture? Do you feel that you have no 'right' to? (for lack of a better word).
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