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|Dimensions||2 x 1" (5.08 x 2.54cm)|
Much of Maori theology was based around a great respect for nature and in particular, the sea, as the Maori people had crossed the Pacific Ocean to find New Zealand (Aotearoa) in sailing canoes. They based much of their lifestyle around the resources gained from fishing and agriculture. Legend has it that New Zealand was once a huge fish that was caught by the great mariner, Maui, using a line of woven plant fibre and a bone hook.
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Hei-Matau represents prosperity, abundance and fertility. The wearer of a Hei-Matau is seen as a provider and protector who is strong willed and determined to succeed in life. They are worn to protect travelers over water, and are also symbols of power and authority which are held in great reverence by the Maori people. They were used practically as a tool for fishing and often decorated as a sign of respect for sea creatures.