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Living by the Stars with Dr Rangi Matamua

Dr Rangi Matamua Lecture Waikato University – Te Whanau Marama

Te Whanau Marama – ‘The family of light’

Dr Rangi Matamua has started a journey and arguably, an invaluable one to revitalise traditional Maori knowledge, philosophy through teachings he retained from his elders.

The tikanga Maori or Maori philosophy and law and how Maori interpreted the stars in conjunction with Te Ra (The Sun) and Te Marama (The Moon) to adjust to the change in seasons, foretell weather and when to plant crops and even social relationships for example were all written in a book – ‘pukapuka’ developed by certain Tohunga or High Priests despite the advent of christian teachings when European immigrants started migrating to Aotearoa in the early to mid nineteenth century.

The expose Dr Matamua has started can be followed on a website Living by the Stars and he also regularly posts on Facebook.

The research, teachings and philosophy revitalised by Dr Matamua indicate a very ancient knowledge retained for successive generations needless to say te Reo has been adjusted in meaning and comprehension into an English thought process when in tradition the language was particularly suited to interpretations of the natural world.

Dr Matamua has transformed the knowledge passed down to him into a book as well titled;

‘Matariki the Star of the Year’ or in te Reo Maori ‘Matariki te Whetu tapu o te Tau’.

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The report and research prepared for but yet to be filed onto the Waitangi Tribunal casebook archive by members of the society on behalf claimants also covers Maori traditional knowledge, philosophy expanding on research by expat New Zealander Dr Barry Fell and a connection – trading routes – between Pacific nations – peoples including Aotearoa and Maori with South East Asia up through the Indian Ocean and into the Middle East or vice versa millennia before European Explorer Columbus discovered the Americas around 1492.

Dr Fells research pre-dates modern historical theories as evidence of early seafaring capability by two thousand years and of course many aspects of South American flora, fauna and wildlife developed into common use today e.g. the Potato, the humble chicken or Kumara and Gourd plant known and used by Maori for centuries as some of many examples.

Decorative examples of Gourd used by Maori for centuries. Origins, South America

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The interesting thing about Gourd is that it has been growing wildly in Abyssinia now called Ethiopia and in parts of India which undoubtedly indicates earlier interaction between seafaring peoples of Southern America, Pacific and the African continent.

The question raised here – is there any correlation between traditional Maori knowledge and philosophy, Matariki te Whetu tapu o te Tau and ancient Middle Eastern philosophy? and, we just need to look at the famous pyramids on the Giza plateau – the alignment with the Orion constellation to realise that there is indeed an ancient philosophy lost or mis-interpreted by some early historical philosophers or as Lyndon Rouche states ‘a fraud’ under the ill-conceived notion of diffusionism or that the people of the World developed independently when what really happened was driven by a Dravidian maritime culture (Maori included) and trade exposing the knowledge of the World and stored at places such as the Alexandria Library in Egypt. That we see a corruption of the ancient knowledge when Romans invaded old Egypt about 40BC and from that developed the christian faith with a re-write of what they could understand as Sumerian (who were also a Dravidian maritime culture) -Egyptian like Maori is a ‘pictorial’ record. In the modern world we are now able to use the internet to share ideas.

The Famous Giza Pyramids and alignment with ‘Orion’s Belt’

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Dr Matamuas’ work is most interesting in this regard suggesting the very ancient philosophy retained by Maori Tohunga despite settler indifference or to be frank early settlers could not understandably comprehend.

Christian philosophy – claimed to be monotheism in nature as opposed to polytheism which according to Wikipedia sources;

Polytheism is the worship of or belief in multiple deities, which are usually assembled into a pantheon of gods and goddesses, along with their own religions and rituals. In most religions which accept polytheism, the different gods and goddesses are representations of forces of nature or ancestral principles, and can be viewed either as autonomous or as aspects or emanations of a creator deity or transcendentalabsolute principle (monistic theologies), which manifests immanently in nature (panentheistic and pantheistic theologies).[1]

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That interpretation between these seemingly distinct philosophies is I think too pragmatic if true history is studied but polytheism most definitely includes most if not all of the older indigenous peoples vis a vis christian beliefs and ideals said to be of fairly recent construction.

The society hopes to invite Dr Rangi Matamua for a session, talk and discussion – ‘Korero’ event at some time in the future to share more knowledge with the society and the wider community.

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