MEDICINE AMONGST THE MAORIS, IN ANCIENT AND MODERN TIMES
MAKUTU OR WITCHCRAFT
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Mata rerepuku e kore e taea.
(A weapon made of wood can be (seen and) parried, but the weapon which strikes unseen (makutu) cannot be parried,).
Whakahopu ringa e tangata.
Lay hold Oh man.
a particular bronzed fly appeared and flew into the prepared hole. The priest with a sudden movement, dashed a sod over the hole, imprisoning or slaying the fly and at the same time repeating the final words of death:-Rangahua, tenei koe,
PAGE 39Pepeke mai,
Tenei koe.,Rangahua, here thou art,
Lie stretched out within,
Here thou art,
Totoro te iro.
The maggots crawl.
stone, placed it in the centra of the main path to his village and left the district. Every one whose foot touched that stone died. The corner stones marking the boundaries of a cultivation were sometimes bewitched to prevent their removal. Thus the biblical warning "cursed be he that remove th his neighbor's land-mark" was literally fulfilled. Food was often bewitched that those who partook thereof might die. When the descendants of Tangaroa-Mihi were unable to defeat Ngati-tama in battle, they bewitched some red ochre and sent it as a present to the hitherto invincible sons of Tama. These warriors smeared their faces with the red ochre ere offering battle and as a result of the makutu were slain in battle and their tribe overthrown.