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The Maori: Yesterday and To-day



The karakia beginning: “Ko wai ka hua e tangi koe ki ahau?” (a spell to return the sorcerer's makutu to the source whence it came):

“Who knows that you will lament for me?—That you will eat of my liver, that you will consume my lungs [deprive me of breath]? Let the fish be ripped up in the Night, slashed in the daylight [invoking the forces of darkness and light]. I also have that weapon [the life-destroying spells], the spear wherewith to pierce you, to thrust through your belly, to penetrate your now defenceless body. Vainly the soul of your evil gods shall strive against my power.”

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