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  • Taniwha

Taniwha (Topical Term)

Preferred form: Taniwha
Used for/see from:
  • Kaitiaki
  • Guardians, Spiritual
  • Spiritual guardians
See also:

Whakamārama: He hanga weriweri, he hanga whakamataku, he kai tangata, he wā anō e noho kaitiaki ai, he wai hōhonu tōna kāinga.

Scope Note: Water spirits, creatures, chiefs, something or someone awesome who take many forms from logs to reptiles and whales and often live in lakes, rivers or the sea. They are often regarded as guardians by the people who live in their territory.

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