Marriage within traditional Māori society was shaped by the importance of family and tribal links.For most people, partners were chosen from within the clan or tribe . Marriages were often arranged, with children promised in marriage from a very young age.Intertribal marriage often meant loss or dilution of land or food-gathering rights and the danger of divided loyalties if conflicts arose. A high rate of marriage to outsiders could also break a group down. After armed conflict, for e ample, the victorious clan or tribe often absorbed, through inter-marriage, those they defeated. As ancient Maori tribes didn!t have a written language, they used symbols to communicate beliefs and ideas. In wedding traditions the groom and the bride were welcomed with ceremony, known as "owhiri #$ia hiwa ra% $ia hiwa ra% $ia hiwa ra% &enei tuka% $ia hiwa ra% &era tuku% $ia hiwa ra% $ia hiwa ra%' (e alert% (e watchful% (e alert on this rampart% &his welcome often is inclusive of the traditional warrior challenge. After the marriage was conducted, the couple was blessed by a tribal leader who concludes the ceremony. )o Maori wedding was complete without the Infinity *oops being superbly placed around the (ride and +rooms necks. &he #Infinity *oop', is usually in the form of pendants, they are a Maori design of a twist without a beginning and represent the -oining of two people , their marriage!s eternity. &he sweetest Maori wedding tradition of all would probably be the hongi, which is the pressing together of the bride!s and groom!s noses. &hrough hongi. the newlyweds e change the breath of life.


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