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/ˈtɒhʊŋə; tɒˈhʊŋə/
(NZ) a Māori priest, the repository of traditional lore
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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 Andrew Lang
  • 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.

  • Then the tohunga said to Mr. Goodwin, 'I hand my mana (power) over to you; lead your friends across.'

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • A popular and accomplished young chief had died in battle, and his friends asked the tohunga, or medium, to call him back.

  • These tohunga presided over all those ceremonies and customs which had something approaching to a religious character.

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.
  • Off they set to the tohunga; I happened to be at his place at the time, and saw and heard all I am about to recount.

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.
  • The light was little better than darkness, and the part of the room in which the tohunga sat was now in perfect darkness.

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.

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