Meteor beliefs project: meteors in the Maori astronomical traditions of New Zealand

Tui R. Britton, Duane W. Hamacher

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Abstract

We review the literature for perceptions of meteors in the Maori culture of Aotearoa or New Zealand. We examine representations of meteors in religion, story, and ceremony. We find that meteors are sometimes personified as gods or children, or are seen as omens of death and destruction. The stories we found highlight the broad perception of meteors found throughout the Maori culture, and note that some early scholars conflated the terms comet and meteor.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-34
Number of pages4
JournalWGN : journal of the International Meteor Organization
Volume42
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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