Auckland - My mean wheels for my journey... The lizard painted on it is a Tuatara, native lizard to NZ. "Tuatara feature in a number of indigenous legends, and are held...

My mean wheels for my journey... The lizard painted on it is a Tuatara, native lizard to NZ. "Tuatara feature in a number of indigenous legends, and are held as ariki (God forms). Tuatara are regarded as the messengers of Whiro, the god of death and disaster, and Māori women are forbidden to eat them. Tuatara also indicate tapu (the borders of what is sacred and restricted), beyond which there is mana, meaning there could be serious consequences if that boundary is crossed. Māori women would sometimes tattoo images of lizards, some of which may represent tuatara, near their genitals. Today, tuatara are regarded as a taonga (special treasure)." #tuatara #escaperentalsnz #newzealand #middleearth #adventure

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