Kao, they stay tapu, sacred and protected, for their whole lives.
Mana is often translated as prestige, authority, status, spiritual power and charisma. It goes hand in hand with tapu. If something is more tapu, it has more mana.
But there are layers to mana. It’s not just something you earn with age and contributions to your community.
You inherit mana, from the atua (spirit world) and from your tūpuna.
Our tūpuna showed pēpi and tamariki respect in many ways. Listening to their voice, and responding to their requests, was a key one.
This whakatauki means that it was embarrassing for our tūpuna if pēpi cried for any reason.
Respecting pēpi and tamariki starts with meeting their needs and responding to their voice.
So our tūpuna did what was needed to help them stop crying.
Early explorers saw tūpuna parenting ways and how they treated their pēpi and tamariki.
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