March 13th, 2008 by sabrina

Matariki is the Maori Goddess of the Pleiades, a group of seven stars that have mythological associations all over the world. To the Maori, the Pleiades are Matariki and her six daughters:
Tupu-a-Nuku, Tupu-a-Rangi, Wai-Tii, Wai-Ta, Wai-puna-Rangi, and Uru-Rangi. Matariki means “small eyes,” and the appearance¬†of the Goddess and her daughters in the sky signals the beginning of the new year.

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1 response about “Matariki”

  1. Hone Tikiana said:

    This is a distortion of indigenous beliefs, there are no Godeses in the Maori belief system. Check the website for teh facts.