Karakia for children to learn

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The most basic meaning of Karakia is a prayer. Karakia are said at the beginning of a gathering to ensure that the Hui goes well. Karakia are also an acknowledgment of a spiritual presence.  Karakia is also explained as chants to the different Māori Gods.  When to use Karakia? You can use karakia at the beginning of the day, before meal times, at the end of the day, at times when you would use normal prayers. Karakia can be used in many other circumstances as well.

Start of the day Karakia.

E te Atau

Homai kia matou

Tou maramatanga

Tou rangimarie

Tou kaha me tou aroha

Mo tenei ra

Amine

O Lord

Give to us

Your knowledge

Your calmness

Your strength and love

On this day

Amen

Karakia Before meals

E te Ariki

Whakapainga ēnei kai

hei oranga mō ō mātou tinana

Whāngaia hoki ō mātou Wairua

Ki te taro o te ora

Mā Īhu karaiti hoki

tō mātou Ariki

Āmine

You can get posters for this karakia and others from here.

Karakia for children to stop the rain.

‘E rere te kotare
Ki runga i te puwharawhara
Ruru ai ia o parirau
Kei maku o kuao i te ua
Mao, mao te ua

Fly o kingfisher
On to the bunch of astelia
And there shake your wings
Lest your young become wet by the rain
Cease, cease the rain.’
https://teara.govt.nz/en/traditional-maori-religion-nga-karakia-a-te-maori/page-4

Other types of karakia include:

  • whai……to cure injuries, burns
  • tohi…….to instill tapu and mana into a baby
  • pou……to fix memory during instruction
  • kawa……… to remove tapu from new houses

There are many others too.

If you have a simple karakia to share please share below in the comments.

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