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Lobsang wrote:

I am unfamiliar with the mythical Wharekura school, except for what you have written.

An easy entrypoint to the concept is Tregear's dictionary entry for the word Wharekura Tregear states
that it was “a kind of college or school in which anciently the sons of priest-chiefs (ariki) were taught mythology, history, agriculture,astronomy, etc.” Tregear equated the concept with a mythical temple by the same name. He describes the functioning of the school in his book The Maori Race - see chapter 17. Elsdon Best also provides alternate names by which schools of the tradition were known, including Whaire Maire, Whaire Takiura, Whare Puri, Whare Wananga, and Whare Purakau.

How did you link the Sakti cult to the Maoris?

My series of books on ancient cosmology and language have also represented a geographical progression, and strongly suggest three major paths for its transmission from the Fertile Crescent region, where Gobekli Tepe is located. The Sakti Cult preserves as its primary icons virtually all of the symbolic elements seen at Gobekli Tepe. Moreover, the term Gobekli Tepe itself, which is often rendered as "Potbelly Hill", refers to one of those primary icons, a clay pot filled with water to represent a womb, known as a potbelly.

One of those paths of transmission encompasses many of the elements that I observe are shared commonly by the Dogon and the Maori, and would credibly reflect the various languages whose cosmological words are reflected both for the Dogon and the Maori. That path, which parallels distant locales in which a particular variety of vole (mouse) is found, descends from the region of the Fertile Crescent sometime after 6000 BC and passes south into Palestine, then apparently by sea to the tip of North Africa, then again by sea to Orkney in Northern Scotland. It has recently become clear that remarkable things occurred on Orkney during the Neolithic period - most specifically during a 600 year period from around 3200 BC until around 2600 BC. There are clear links southward into the UK from Orkney after that period, with many commonalities seen to the Maori, most particularly in Ireland.

Is it possible to link the Maori gods to the Sakti cult?

The Sakti Cult is a matriarchal tradition, characterized by two goddesses Dharni Penu and Tana Penu, who are deemed to be the two mothers of Ganesha. Midway through the tradition from around 12,000 BC to the present, we see numerous symbolic reversals that occur cross-culturally, most obviously with the rise of patriarchy to supplant matriarchy. The Maori departmental god Tane suggestively links to Tana Penu in the context of those reversals, as does the goddess Dana in the UK, whose name may be reflected in the term Tuatha de Danaan, or "followers of Dana". In several cases important Maori deities present parallels to deities of other traditions traced by the same likely path of transmission.

- Laird

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