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The Autobiography of a Maori

Jealous Husbands

Jealous Husbands

It is my opinion that Maoris, on the whole, do not realise that jealousy is a very serious fault. I have heard Maoris openly say they were jealous men as though it was nothing to be ashamed of.

A grandson of a well-known Ngati-Porou chief told me that his grandfather was so suspicious and jealous page 147that when he went out fishing off-shore in a canoe, he took care that his two wives sat on the rocks where he could keep an eye on them until his return to shore. I knew another great chief who, when he saw a man looking at his wife, would remark, "That's mine."