Tohi Whaka U I Te Mohiotanga, or Charm to Confirm Knowledge
Tohi Whaka U I Te Mohiotanga, or Charm to Confirm Knowledge.
When the student had attained full efficiency, he would then be taken to the tuahu, or sacred place, where the rite of confirmation and dedication was performed. The priest placing his right hand on top of the student's head, chanted the following rite:
"Ka tohia atu koe,
Ki te tohi nuku, ki te tohi rangi.
Kia hoaia koe ki te putiki whara,
Kia tiaia koe ki te manu rere rangi.
Te rau o titapa kia pai koe,
Te haere i runga ra.
I rangahaua koe i te po-uriuri,
I te po-tangotango.
page 235 I rakaitia koe ki te piki-kotuku,
Te rau o te toroa, te huia titama.
Whakina e tama nga kupu o te riri,
Nga kupu o tawhiti hemea ka mau mai.
Ka kapiti runga e, ka kapiti raro e,
He pokanga nuku, he pokanga rangi.
Pou hihiko, pou rarama,
Tiaho i roto, marama i roto.
Tena te pou te pou tokomanawa,
Te pou o enei korero.
Hui te marama, hui te ora e e."
Thou wilt be anointed (tohi)
by the blessing of the earth and heavens.
Thou wilt be decorated with top-knot,
and be dressed as the flying bird. .
The leaf of titama will enable thee,
to march forward above.
Thou wast acclaimed from the depth of darkness,
and in the changeable nights.
Thou hast been beautified with kotuku feathers,
and the feathers of toroa and huia.
Display my son the action of war,
and those far-reaching words you have learnt.
Heavens will be close and earth united,
and will be at thy command.
Be ambitious and clear minded,
be shining within thee and brightness without.
Those the pillar, the main pillar of wisdom,
the post of protector of these sayings,
Assembled brightness and settled life.