Tangaroa – Pounamu marama

A lovely small taonga that would fit your tamariki or the marama loving adult in your life.  Simple, elegant, timeless.  Make sure you hold this taonga up to the sun (or a phone torch) so you can see the beauty within.

Marama is the moon.  All Māori life – planting, harvesting, fishing working, resting, navigating and travelling – revolved (and for many still revolves) around te Marama and his phases.  Marama dictates when the new year begins and gives guidance on what the year ahead may look like.  Marama is essential to the balance of life.

This beautiful tangiwai pounamu pendant represents the Tangaroa phases of the moon. A productive time of high energy and positive mood.

Tangaroa was one of 3 atua given control and authority over the oceans and seas alongside all creatures which inhabit these domains. Tangaroa also has whakapapa which connects him to all bodies of water throughout the world. All these bodies inherently have a connectedness with the phases and movement of the moon whether big or small.  That is why Tangaroa days are good days for fishing and all water focused activities. From here to the dark moon is also the best time for weeding.

Every iwi has its own stories about Marama.  Tim was brought up with the knowledge that Marama is both male (Marama) and female (Hina).  Just like wahine here on earth, Marama follows a monthly cycle.  Every month Marama is struck with disease and, as she begins to wane, Marama is consumed with the sickness.   When at her weakest Marama bathes in the life-giving water of Tāne.  We witness the waxing Marama as her vitality is being gradually restored.  And so Marama again begins the cycle of death to rebirth, darkness to light.

  • Tangiwai pounamu from Te Tai Poutini
  • 30mm diameter
  • One of a kind Taonga By Timoti

💚Now every taonga you purchase helps us to carve a taonga for EVERY tamariki in care in Aotearoa. You can read more about our Tū Māia project here. Ngā mihi mahana for your support of this kaupapa!💚


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