5/9/14

the legend of tutunui

This sculpture represents Tutunui and his legend.
south-pacific-legend

The story of Tutunui the whale comes from the Pacific islands and also links to Patea traditions. The whale Tutunui is the pet of the great chief Tinirau. When a son is born to Tinirau, the tohunga (priest) Kae is called upon to perform the birth ceremonies and is fed a morsel of flesh from the whale. Tinirau allows Tutunui to take Kae home over the sea.  Remembering the succulent taste of the whale, Kae manipulates the death of Tutunui, and cooks his flesh in an oven, wrapped in koromiko leaves, which hold in the fat and flavour. Kae is found out by Tinirau and put to death. For a longer version of the story you can click here.

11 comments:

Mitzi said...

WOW...that is amazing. Though I must admit that at 1st I thought they were dinosaur bones, though I couldn't imagine why!

Linda W. said...

Interesting sculpture and story.

Taken For Granted said...

Thank you for sharing your photo and the story behind the sculpture.

May said...

I can see that whale plain as day. Awesome.

Pieni Lintu said...

That's so cool!

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, this sculpture of whale has big history!!! We have many sculptures in my city but not this interesting :-)

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Roan said...

Interesting info to go along with the photo.

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

my 1st thought. not sure if you are familiar with the Flintstones? but i loved that cartoon as a kid & i thought dinosaur bones. so interesting. ( :

i guess when i look again it looks as if it is blowing in the breeze. peaceful.

Ida said...

Fascinating story and sculpture.

Linda said...

That's what you call a whale of a tale!

Mike Biles said...

I love these old legends. Intriguing!