[RESOLVED!] Where Do Maori Go When They Die?

Tūpāpaku were then buried in shallow graves or placed in caves or sometimes hollows in trees 😊 After some time bodies were exhumed and bones washed and scraped 👍 Further mourning ceremonies were held on the marae and the bones were buried in secret places 🤓 Māori death practices began to change, and by the early 20th century, most Māori communities were using the services of undertakers and burying their dead, like European settlers, in caskets or coffins. However, traditional rituals to farewell the tūpāpaku over several days continue and tangihanga are still the most significant of all Māori gatherings. [1]
The mythological origins of death are associated with the ancestress Hine-tītama and her husband the forest god Tāne. Hine-tītama fled to Rarohenga, where the spirits of the dead dwell, after learning that Tāne was also her father. She was so overcome by the knowledge that Tāne could not persuade her to return. She’s sayingying to him, ‘Hoki atu koe ki te ao hei whakatupu mai I ētahi o ā tāua hua; waiho hoki au I raro nei hei kukume I ētahi o ā tāua hua ki raro nei.’1 (Return and raise our offspring in the world of the living; leave me here to draw our offspring down below.) She would be known as Hine-nui-te-pō, the goddess of death. (emended by Harpreet Long from Trujillo, Peru on January 8, 2021) [2]
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Tūpāpaku were then buried in shallow graves or placed in caves or sometimes hollows in trees. After some time bodies were exhumed and bones washed and scraped. Further mourning ceremonies were held on the marae and the bones were buried in secret places. Māori death practices began to change, and by the early 20th century, most Māori communities were using the services of undertakers and burying their dead, like European settlers, in caskets or coffins. However, traditional rituals to farewell the tūpāpaku over several days continue and tangihanga are still the most significant of all Māori gatherings. (we thank Omayra P. For their revision). [3]