The enemy's hau—his life-essence, his vital force—then lies in the hollow of the tohunga's hand.
Nor have they any particular reverence for the tohunga or priest.
A popular and accomplished young chief had died in battle, and his friends asked the tohunga, or medium, to call him back.
The man he belonged to had been a tohunga, and still ‘walked,’ in the shape of a lizard.
These tohunga presided over all those ceremonies and customs which had something approaching to a religious character.
Besides being a Hauhau "prophet," he was a tohunga, or priest, of the ancient Maori religion.
And the scalp had been taken from the head of Philpots to be used by the tohunga in divination to discover the event of the war.
Then the tohunga said to Mr. Goodwin, 'I hand my mana (power) over to you; lead your friends across.'
These priests or tohunga would, and do to this hour, undertake to call up the spirit of any dead person, if paid for the same.
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.