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Wharenui vs. Marae — What's the Difference?

Wharenui vs. Marae

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Wharenui

A wharenui ([ˈɸaɾɛnʉ.i]; literally "large house") is a communal house of the Māori people of New Zealand, generally situated as the focal point of a marae. Wharenui are usually called meeting houses in New Zealand English, or simply called whare (a more generic term simply referring to a house or building).
Sep 29, 2022

Marae

A marae (in New Zealand Māori, Cook Islands Māori, Tahitian), malaʻe (in Tongan), meʻae (in Marquesan) or malae (in Samoan) is a communal or sacred place that serves religious and social purposes in Polynesian societies. In all these languages, the term also means cleared and free of weeds or trees.
Sep 29, 2022

Wharenui

An ornamental Maori meeting house representing the body of a tupuna, forming part of the larger marae complex.
Sep 29, 2022

Marae

(archaic) a Polynesian sacred altar or enclosure
Sep 29, 2022

Marae

The courtyard of a Maori wharenui or meeting-house and the buildings around it.
Sep 29, 2022
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