wharenui ancestral house
A wharenui represents the body of an ancestor, and contains within it the whole whakapapa ( genealogy) of its people, reaching back through generations and migrations and eons until it touches the cosmology and origins of all things.The carvings, represent ancestors and ancestral stories. The tukutuku, sacred weavings often represent our connections to the natural world and each other, all through the same mechanism of whakapapa. When we go into a wharenui, we go into the belly of the ancestor, a sacred space where we download and upload knowledge and wisdom.
- – No food is to be taken or consumed in the Ancestral house ( water is permitted)
- – You are in a sacred space please respect this by how you behave and speak
- – No shoes to be worn ( we remove our shoes out of respect to the ancestors)
- – No smoking