Traditions of the Pacific
The Story of Pounamu The Sacred Stone of Aotearoa
Long ago, when there were different stars in the heavens, the ancestors sailed the oceans seeking the stone of the Gods. When they came to the shores of Aotearoa, to the Arahura river, they found a stone born of the stars,and held it close to heal the people and the land.
They called it Pounamu.
Pounamu is of the jade family. It is a superb jewellery stone, one that also served the ancestors when they needed sharp, fine edged tools.For more than a thousand years the trail walkers of the Waitaha nation moved this precious stone over the high passes of the Southern Alps on the peace trail. There it gained its mana, a wonderful birthright of spiritual power.
Then it was carried by the great double-hulled waka to all parts of the land, and the old homelands of the Pacific Rim. Name your stone for it is your companion on the trails of life.
In accord with ancient lore it is usually gifted, its enduring power is being given with love. It is a stone of the wairua, the world of the spirit realm that surrounds all.
A beautiful story about some great maori culture, because history is also about peoples storys, not just the artifacts they leave behind :)