Greenstone Taniwha Tooth Pendant
Greenstone Taniwha tooth 80mm x 38mm Taniwha have the ability to shift shape. In the water they could appear as sharks, giant squids, or big sea snakes while on land they turned into giant lizards or even dragons.
When treated with respect by humans Taniwha could be their guardians. Each tribe had its own Taniwha saving members from drowning, protecting them from approaching war-seeking enemy tribes and, fighting alongside the tribe.
From a more spiritual point of view the Taniwha was considered a connection between the human life on earth and the spiritual world of the gods, ancestors and stars. In this matter the mythological creature functioned as a link between common daily life and ancestral heritage.
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