Karakia

Karakia are Māori incantations and prayers, used to invoke spiritual guidance and protection. Karakia are generally used to increase the spiritual goodwill of a gathering, so as to increase the likelihood of a favourable outcome. They are also considered a formal greeting when beginning a ceremony. According to legend, there was a curse on the Wa...
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karakia

(from the article `New Zealand literature`) ...(somewhere between song and chant, performed by women welcoming or farewelling visitors on the marae). Some chants are recited rather than sung. ...
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