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Andrew Doughty is a New Zealand based Bone and Stone carver and artist. Each carving is handcrafted with love. His wish is to create carvings that communicate peace and hope.

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Manaia - Bridge to Te Kore

This Manaia is called 'Bridge to Te Kore'. Te Kore is the realm beyond the world we can see, and thought to be the ‘ultimate reality’ according to Maori mythology. This is where the most important Mana comes from. Mana refers to an extraordinary power, essence or presence. This applies to the energies and presences of the natural world.

 
 

Manaia - Bridge to Te Kore



A Manaia is a symbol of spiritual protection and brings good luck. 

The Manaia, or spiritual guardian, is the profile of a Tiki. This is symbolic of being half in this world and half in the spirit world. Manaia can be adapted with other symbols and stylized to communicate different aspects, or meanings.

This Manaia is called 'Bridge to Te Kore'. Te Kore is the realm beyond the world we can see, and thought to be the ‘ultimate reality’ according to Maori mythology. This is where the most important Mana comes from. Mana refers to an extraordinary power, essence or presence. This applies to the energies and presences of the natural world.

This Mania is covered in Koru and other specific markings. This represents the Mana of Te Kore flowing through and pervading the whole body of this Manaia.

The design incorporates two Manaia. A larger protector Manaia who is united with the smaller Manaia. This has different meanings on many levels. It is symbolic of our spiritual guides all encompassing protection and love. Also, the love and protection offered by our caregivers, parents and loved ones. On another level it represents the protection we offer ourselves (i.e. our higher-self, conscience, spirit, ultimate mind, Buddha nature), through taking correct actions and making wise choices we find peace growing in our heart day by day.     

The koru symbol is common in New Zealand and is inspired by the unfurling of the new fern fronds. Meanings associated with this are new growth, new beginnings and awakening. 

 

 

The eye of the larger Manaia is an inlay of Paua Shell (abalone). This is symbolic of strong power, wisdom and high status, thus attracting good fortune where ever we go.  

The eye of the smaller Manaia is Buffalo horn. This symbolises strength and protection. This strength is not just our own normal strength that we rely on individually, but comes from reliance and faith in powers greater than what our own individual selves has to offer. We are all interconnected and this is symbolised by the seamless in-distinction (connection) between the two Manaia.   

The smaller Manaia also has a sword which is offering further protection from harm and is 'Hooked' on to the arm of it's helper.

There are many more meanings hidden within the symbols and structure of this special carving.  Overall this carving is imbued with strong protection from spiritual harm, and attracts the energies of love and good fortune. 

Hei konā rā (goodbye)
Andrew Doughty

Database Reference:  000-29

 

Source: Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Te Ao Mārama – the natural world - Mana, tapu and mauri', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/te-ao-marama-the-natural-world/page-5 (accessed 25 November 2016)