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The Whare Kohanga (The "Nest House") and its Lore

Female Children Occasionally Baptized

Female Children Occasionally Baptized

Female children seldom had the tohi rite performed over them; a few cases are known in which the first-born female was so honoured. Even in the case of male children only the first-born received this treatment. Our native informant proceeds as follows:—

"Some females of the East Coast were tohia, as were Hine-matioro, of Titirangi, at Uawa, and also Mahinarangi; those women had this tohi rite performed over them. Those were the only women whom I heard of as having been purea in this manner. The last person so tohia was Karauria, father of Airini Tonore, who had it performed over him at Tapu-te-ranga, a small islet at the Whanga-nui-a-Orotu (Inner Harbour at Napier); that was during my childhood, possibly about the year 1846… ."