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Arachne. No. 3

(3) Satires (nga patere, nga kaioraora)

(3) Satires (nga patere, nga kaioraora)

Satires are works containing ridicule, curses, boasting or jeering. Here page 7 may be found some of the really base expressions of the language, curses are flung from party to party. Stories are told of low and base deeds perpetrated in the olden days. These poems are similar in cadence to hakas, they are recited in the savage style of hakas. The words are given emphasis by the hands, the body and facial expressions. When a patere is chanted on the marae it is almost as if the performers are engaged in battle, so greatly does the frenzy of the words excite them, even in these Pakeha days the Maori blood is then really whipped up.