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The Maori: Yesterday and To-day

The Tapu Quarantine. — This picture illustrates a Maori custom of the past, the restrictive law of tapu. The old man is a tohunga who has been in contact with the dead, and must not touch food with his hands or feed himself, for a certain period. He is therefore fed by the little girl, who is giving him a potato on the end of a fern-stalk. — [From a painting by G. Lindauer, Auckland Gallery

The Tapu Quarantine. This picture illustrates a Maori custom of the past, the restrictive law of tapu. The old man is a tohunga who has been in contact with the dead, and must not touch food with his hands or feed himself, for a certain period. He is therefore fed by the little girl, who is giving him a potato on the end of a fern-stalk. [From a painting by G. Lindauer, Auckland Gallery.

The Tapu Quarantine.
This picture illustrates a Maori custom of the past, the restrictive law of tapu. The old man is a tohunga who has been in contact with the dead, and must not touch food with his hands or feed himself, for a certain period. He is therefore fed by the little girl, who is giving him a potato on the end of a fern-stalk.
[From a painting by G. Lindauer, Auckland Gallery.