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  1. NZ a Māori priest, the repository of traditional lore
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Examples from the Web for tohunga

Historical Examples of tohunga

  • 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.

  • 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.