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In the context of other elements that seemingly correspond between the Maori cosmological tradition and those of the United Kingdom, the form of the traditional Maori village school calls to mind numerous horseshoe-shaped structures from Ireland, known as Fulachta Fiadh, whose likely purpose has not been established.

Below is the plan of a Maori school as given by Edward Tregear:



Below is an excavated site from Ireland:

In keeping with symbolism that associates circularity with the non-material realm and squareness with the material domain, hemispheric shapes such as a horseshoe can be seen to combine the two shapes and come to designate sites such as temples or sanctuaries, where the non-material and material are understood to come together.



- Laird

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