hongi

hongi

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

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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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)

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