Sandy's Whare

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In the old days whenever the maori had a haircut, or cut their nails the hair got buried, it was usually buried in a relatively secret place, and buried reasonably deeply too, it was the same for finger and toe nails when they got trimmed.. The reasoning was that they saw the body as coming from the land, so whenever hair was cut or finger and toe nails were cut they returned them to the land..

About 30 years ago I knew a few elderly maori that still believed in the custom and buried their hair in parts of the garden or if they lived on the marae, it got buried there.. The other thing was that the hair or nails could be used to put a makutu, or curse on a person, if it was buried then the enemy or enemies had nothing to use to put a makutu on a person..