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The Maori Division of Time

tahitian nights of the moon

tahitian nights of the moon

Here we again encounter the Maori names, showing that they were introduced hither from Polynesia during past centuries. A few only differ; the great majority are easily recognised by bearing in mind that the Tahitian dialect has lost the k and ng that it formerly possessed.

No. 11

1.

Hiro-hiti.

2.

Hoata.

3.

Hamiami-mua.

4.

Hamiami-roto.

5.

Hamiami-muri.

6.

Oreore-mua. ‘Ore’ore = Korekore.

7.

Oreore-muri.

8.

Tamatea.

9.

Huna.

10.

Ari.

11.

Maharu.

12.

Hua.

13.

Maitu.

14.

Hotu.

15.

Mara'i.

16.

Turutea.

17.

Ra'au-mua.

18.

Ra'au-roto.

19.

Ra'au-muri.

20.

‘Ore’ore-mua.

21.

‘Ore’ore-roto.

22.

‘Ore’ore-muri.

23.

Ta'aroa - mua. Ta'aroa = Tangaroa.

24.

Ta'aroa-roto.

25.

Ta'aroa-muri.

26.

Tane.

27.

Ro'onui. Ro'o = Rongo.

28.

Ro'omaori.

29.

Mutu.

30.

Terieo.

Here we have the Cook Island forms in Nos. 3, 4, and 5, as also the two series of Korekore names and the Rarotongan Maitu. The Mangaian Marangi appears as Mara'i in sympathy with dialectic change. The name of Turu appears in a lengthened form. The qualifying terms attached to the Rakau, Korekore, and Tangaroa nights differ from those of Maori lists. Tane and Rongo lack the prefixed O, while No. 28 is evidently a form of the Orongomauri of New Zealand (see list No. 5), which again appears in most Maori lists as Mauri. The final name of Terieo seems to have strayed far from our local Tirea and Tireo.