Research On Burial Practices And The M Ā Ori

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This well-known waiata Māori contains philosophies that are very relevant to my practice. It acknowledges our tūpuna and some of the beliefs and values they gifted to us with the expectation that we will do the right thing for future generations. The waiata also stresses the importance of whenua to Māori and the kawa and tikanga practices that keep us culturally, spiritually and physically safe.
One of my project goals is to research natural burial practices which are beneficial to and enhance the mauri (health) of our whenua. I believe we should leave the earth in a better condition than when we arrived in this time and space. I also believe that we can achieve this by returning to some of the tikanga practices and principles passed down by our tūpuna (taonga tuku iho). Kawa and tikanga practices were put in place to uphold and maintain the respect and mana of the whenua and the taiao (environment) and the tangata (people). The purpose of upholding tikanga, especially around tangihanga and burial is to manaaki and care for the whanau pani (grieving whānau) and the tūpapaku being returned to Papatūānuku. Mead (2003, p. 12) describes tikanga Māori as a set of beliefs providing templates and frameworks formulated over time and generations to guide individual and collective actions.
Durie (2006) offers an holistic framework “Nga Pou Mana’ based on interconnected tikanga Māori values of whānaunatanga (relationships), taonga tuku iho (cultural heritage), te ao turoa…
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