9 September 2020

Te hī ika – Sacred Mãori Fishing

Fisherman, do you know where the tradition of throwing the first fish you catch back into the sea comes from …. well ok then, let me tell you. In Mãori culture, Tangaroa is the God of the Ocean – the son of Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatūānuku (the earth mother).

Fish are considered his descendants so fishing is very much seen as a Tapu or sacred activity. Fishermen offer prayers to Tangaroa and no food is ever allowed on a fishing trip. When they catch their first fish, they return it to the sea to thank Tangaroa for his plentitude and abundance.

Beautiful eh?  Such respect for our Oceans. Indigenous cultures have more wisdom than we will ever hope to know xxx