New Zealand human sacrifice, 19th century

New Zealand human sacrifice, 19th century

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Caption: New Zealand human sacrifice. 19th-century illustration of a Maori in New Zealand carrying out a human sacrifice. The person at centre has raised and is about to use a weapon known as a mere. This traditional Maori one-handed weapon is a symbol of chieftainship. The Maori are the indigenous population of New Zealand. The most common form of sacrifice was a mortuary sacrifice of servants or slaves following the death of a chief. Artwork published in 1834.

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