Matau - Marutau - Be safe
In New Zealand, the fish hook bone carving (Matau) signifies abundance, nourishment, and strength. As such it attracts the energies of protection, peace, prosperity, and good health.
A fishhook is a symbol that provides safe journey over water. Therefore, it is considered a good luck charm by travellers and seafarers.
Matau - Marutau - Be safe
The fish hook (Matau) signifies abundance, nourishment, and strength.
Dear friend, Kia Ora
This Matau is called Marutau. This literally means to be safe, or safety. We all love to feel safe and secure and wish this for our loved ones too. Given the Matau’s association with travel it is an appropriate name.
Ultimate safety is attained though developing great wisdom and compassion. The inlay of Pāua represents our pure mind and the manifestation of compassion. This is being supported by our great wisdom. We need both to be happy. Overall, this carving represents a journey towards, and exploration of, deep inner peace.
The fish hook (Matau) signifies abundance, nourishment, and strength. As such it attracts the energies of protection, peace, prosperity, and good health. A fishhook is a symbol that provides safe journey over water. Therefore, it is considered a good luck charm by travellers and seafarers.
The ocean surrounds New Zealand. On our land, there is a whole lot more water in our freshwater lakes and rivers. Therefore, fishing was very important to the Maori. Kai moana (fish and shellfish from the sea) played a very key role in nourishing the people. As such, they were keen to please the God of the sea (Tangaroa) and other Gods, so to attract an abundant catch. They did this through prayer and other rituals and with blessed Talismans such as the Hei Matau. As such, certain protocol was common such as returning the first fish of their catch to the sea.
Given the importance of the sea to Maori, it is easy to see why fishing was a sacred activity. Thus, the evolvement and development of various hooks was prevalent within Maori culture.
Thousands of years ago, the ancestors of Māori journeyed out of South-East Asia and into the Pacific. They sailed in waka (canoes), and were some of the world's greatest canoe builders, navigators and mariners. Their ability to 'see beyond' the horizon was legendary.
As such, the Matau is symbolic of navigating our own lives with wisdom and insight. This is attained through spiritual development.
The carving comes with a four-plait cord which features a fully adjustable slip knot system to enable to a perfect fit around any size neck. It also comes with an officially signed certificate of authenticity and has been registered in my database of work.
I sincerely hope you enjoy the carving and over time come to fully understand all the various layers of meaning imbued in this creation. I wish you and your family the deepest peace and happiness.
Hei konā rā (goodbye)
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