Atua Māori Gods Poster – Series I
Our Atua are revered as spiritual entities that embody the essence of our natural world, and they play a vital role in our customs, traditions, and daily life. Each Atua has its unique personality, traits, and stories that are passed down through generations through oral traditions. We believe that they have control over various aspects of nature and are associated with specific places, such as mountains, rivers, and forests. They offer us protection, guidance, and inspiration, and are believed to work together to maintain balance and harmony in the world. For instance, Tāne, the god of the forest, is honoured for his role in the creation of our forests and for providing us with the resources we need to survive. Tangaroa, the god of the sea, is revered for his ability to provide us with food and resources from the ocean. Rongo, the god of agriculture, is honored for his role in providing us with the means to cultivate and sustain crops, while Tūmatauenga, the god of war, represents our courage and strength in times of conflict.
Atua Māori are deeply integrated into our culture, and we honor them through rituals and ceremonies, including karakia, haka, and waiata. By doing so, we acknowledge our deep connection with nature, our ancestors, and our identity as Māori people. Our Atua teach us the importance of living in harmony with nature and each other, and they remind us to respect and care for our environment. Please download the posters below for your home, classroom, or local library or whereve really.