MAORIS BAN "DIRTY" WOMEN FROM ART EXHIBITION

From NZ HERALD:

A clash of cultures over a rule forbidding pregnant or menstruating women to attend a Te Papa exhibit has been criticised by feminists. An invitation for regional museums to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of some of Te Papa's collections included the condition that "wahine who are either hapu [pregnant] or mate wahine [menstruating]" were unable to attend.

Jane Keig, Te Papa spokeswoman, said the policy was in place because of Maori beliefs surrounding the Taonga Maori collection included in the tour. She said the rule was one of the terms Te Papa agreed to when they took the collection.

"If a woman is pregnant or menstruating, they are tapu. Some of these taonga have been used in battle and to kill people.

If an object is tapu it is "forbidden" and in Maori culture it is believed that if that tapu is not observed, something bad will happen.

Women who plan to attend the tour on November 5 are expected to be honest about whether they are pregnant or menstruating as a sign of respect to Maori beliefs.

COMMENT: Sounds like the Maoris are good contenders for being the lost tribe of Israel.

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MAORIS BAN "DIRTY" WOMEN FROM ART EXHIBITION — 9 Comments

  1. As I read this, the sociologist in me tells me that the Maoris are seeking to protect the women, not discriminate against them. The objects are viewed as dangerous to women in these two conditions because of the use to which the objects were subjected in the past.

    Yes, to western, developed-world, first-world minds it sounds like useless superstition mumbo jumbo, but it needs to be respected as the traditional beliefs of this indigenous New Zealand people.

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    I do not think that the Maori are a lost tribe of Israel, they are much heftier/sturdier folk than any Jews with whom I have ever been in contact.

  2. I might possibly accept that excuse for pregnant women. But menstruating women? No way, José! This is straightforward “don’t let the polluted women near our nice stuff” mumbo jumbo.

  3. Women who plan to attend the tour on November 5 are expected to be honest about whether they are pregnant or menstruating as a sign of respect to Maori beliefs.

    So no cavity search then? These so-called warriors are a bunch of wusses! [Telling you something you already knew]

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    the sociologist in me tells me that the Maoris are seeking to protect the women, not discriminate against them.

    Come now, Dahveed: you’re a better sociologist than that. ANY time men want to “protect” women, it’s INEVITABLY because they (consciously or unconsciously) FEAR them. (Right, MP? ;-/)

  4. Is this fool coward speaking about my post or the article itself? Anyone who cannot sign their name to their words is a punk coward in my book.

    Because someone’s belief system is different, that makes it ignorant? You are as stupid as the woman mentioned in the article.

    “I don’t understand why a secular institution, funded by public money in a secular state, is imposing religious and cultural values on people.

    “It’s fair enough for people to engage in their own cultural practices where those practices don’t harm others, but the state shouldn’t be imposing those practices on other people.”

    Well the state needs to impose those practices if that was the agreement with the indigenous people who own the items, for the items to be included as part of the collection being shown! Or does she recommend that the state go in and take the items and show them like they originally took the land and every other goddamned thing that we had?

  5. It doesn’t actually matter much what anyone thinks about it, if the exhibition was staged with museum’s agreement to the conditions, then it’s a betrayal of trust to try and overturn them now.

  6. Well, they petrify me, JCF. But rather than trying to “protect” them, I tend to just let them do whatever they want to do. I find this to be the less painful course of action.

  7. Mumbo Jumbo? come on MP, even the Old Testament talks about menstruating women being ‘unclean’. Yes we may be past that now but it is still there in black and white. They obviously still have ancient beliefs and they are completely entitled to them.Surely it’s no different to some churches stating that your head must be covred when you enter?
    red 🙂

  8. D’uh. To avoid embarrassment read the post before you comment, Red. (clue – pay particular attention to my comment at the bottom of the post).