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Nor have they any particular reverence for the Tohunga or priest.Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water
Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent
The tohunga stood back and said, "Have you been in the house?"Old New Zealand:
'A Pakeha Maori' [Frederick Edwa [Maning]
The man he belonged to had been a Tohunga, and still ‘walked,’ in the shape of a lizard.In the Wrong Paradise
Besides being a Hauhau "prophet," he was a tohunga, or priest, of the ancient Maori religion.
The enemy's hau—his life-essence, his vital force—then lies in the hollow of the tohunga's hand.