Matariki Around the World (Childrens Book)
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The Matariki star cluster holds great importance for Māori and the people of Aotearoa New Zealand, but this cluster is seen and celebrated across the world. From times of old, it has been used to guide people from many different lands, and it goes by many different names, such as Makali’i, Pleiades, Mao, Krittika and Subaru. Beginning with the creation story of Ranginui and Papatūānuku, the book introduces the Māori gods and Maramataka, the lunar calendar, before going into detail about the Matariki cluster and each individual star as they are known by the Māori people of Aotearoa. The second half of the book provides examples of the stories told about the same star cluster in other cultures around the world: the Cook Islands, Tahiti, Hawai’i, Australia, Japan, China, India, Africa, Greece, Scandinavia, North and South America. The book is beautifully and soulfully illustrated and includes a glossary and index.