Commentary: The potential for the use of karakia at the beginning of the restoration process
In pre- colonial Māori society, when a released prisoner or slave was returned to their home people, special karakia were used to remove the negative noa they were under, thus restoring their intrinsic tapu. The author discusses whether karakia can be used in contemporary times to restore the mana and tapu of modern- day released prisoners to aid them in their journey of rehabilitation. He also questions whether this practice of restoring tapu and the sense of tapu has any use for survivors of sexual crimes as part of their healing.
Publisher: Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga
Rights Statement: © 2012 MAI Journal is published by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga
Keywords: prisoner; rehabilitation; tapu; noa; karakia; desistance; restoration
Research Type: Journal Article
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