Knowledge was stored in three baskets in the realm of the heavens. In one basket was tapu, sacred elements that were passed from the gods, like karakia (incantation) and whakapapa (genealogy). The second basket held ideals, like aroha (love) and maanaki (caring) for one another. The third basket contained skills that were either taught or could be learnt. The path to this knowledge was achieved by a stairway or a path to the heavens, which are now depicted in tukutuku (decorative reed panels in a meeting house). The sculpture honours the moko kauae (female facial tattoo).
Spirit Wrestler Gallery
47 Water Street
Canada V6B 1A1
Toll Free: 1-888-669-8813
3 blocks from Waterfront Station
Between Abbott St. and Carrall St.
Monday to Saturday, open 10-6
Sunday and Holidays, open 12-5
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