Tuesday, May 3, 2011
UTU for those who lost lives on 9/11
Maori believed passionately in the concept of an eye for an eye, or tooth for a tooth, and would not rest until honor was satisfied.
Where a tribal member had been murdered, utu had to be paid in blood, an ethic that contributed hugely to the reputation of the Maori as a warrior people.
On the other hand, it ensured that justice was done, and prevented wanton contempt of law, order, and the rights and dignity of others.
See: Taonga Tuku Iho, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Maori Life by A.W. Reed, revised by Buddy Mikaere. New Holland Publishers, 2002.