Hongi during COVID 19

“A Māori tribe in New Zealand’s capital city has banned the traditional hongi at gatherings this week as more cases of coronavirus emerge. (…) “It’s not a ban – the word taupāruru [restriction] is to actually confine or restrict movement in a certain place … it’s common sense about when coming into contact with people really,” Moeahu told RNZ. (…) “That’s not stopping people from doing what they want to do if they choose to do that but from a tikanga [correct] Māori perspective it’s the right thing to do.”…” (from: theguardian.com 2020/03)



The traditional Maori greeting, two people pressing their noses together while touching foreheads- The breath of life (ha) is exchanged and the visitor (manuhiri) becomes one of the people of the land (tangata whenua).


Hongi – Le salut traditionnel maori, deux personnes pressant le nez et le front l’un contre l’autre - Le souffle de vie (ha) est échangé et le visiteur (manuhiri) devient ainsi l'un des habitants de la terre (tangata whenua).

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Tā moko is a permanent marking of the face and body practised by Māori people. (Māori lg)

Le tā moko est un marquage permanent du visage et du corps pratiqué par les Maoris.

What is the head? How to define it? From the head reduction practiced by the Shuar to facial and biometric recognition, from its anthropometric measurement to its reputation for sacredness, how have we considered the head throughout human history? What meanings, what symbols have we attributed to it?... (to be completed)

Qu’est-ce que la tête ? Comment la définir ? De la réduction de têtes pratiquée par chez les Shuars à la reconnaissance faciale et biométrique, de sa mesure anthropométrique à sa réputation de sacralité, comment avons-nous considéré la tête tout au long de l’histoire humaine ? Quelles significations, quels symboles lui avons-nous attribués ?... (à compléter)

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