Maori, the native people Aotearoa (New Zealand) use the Mangopare (Hammerhead Shark) to symbolize tenacity, agility, knowledge and strength. They are also regarded as kaitiaki (Guardians) to some tribal groups.
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Yes, I can recognize vital parts of a hammerhead shark in this ornamental form. Sharks, especially the bigger ones, are animals my people have an irrational fear of…not that we ever see many of them, our sea is much to cold for most of the bigger species, and the smaller ones we have are eaten by us, not the other way around…but like all kinds of predators, they have beauty when they move.So this shirt has a gardian symbol, like we would use a shirt with a gardian angel on it?
thanks for your comment machandal – Im sure not about a guardian angel concept, to me that idea is a one to one thing – the Mangopare is sometimes regarded as a kaitiaki of a tribe or family group or even a place, water, harbour ect..
So this Mangopare seems to be kind of a cross-over between a coat-of-arms (a sign belonging to a family) and a guardian angel (a spiritual guide belonging to an individual).
Hi Machanel, Some families / tribes could possibly be using another interpretation of Mangopare as their crest say.This is just my own depiction of this awesome being.
really cool design – look forward to seeing more ;o)
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