A Conversation for Jenny Greenteeth, Folklore Character

Taniwha

Post 1

Jerms - a Brief flicker and then gone again.

You may be interested to know that the New Zealand equivalent is known as the Taniwha (pronounced Ta-nee-fa) - probably more closely related to dragons than anything else, but almost always makes its home in a river, lake or other waterway. Amphibious, and descriptions vary. Some very interesting stories exist, though.

smiley - cheers Great entry!


Taniwha

Post 2

Zarquon's Singing Fish!

Quick search;

http://daga.dhs.org/justpeace/art/photogalleries/maori/pages/Taniwha.htm

http://www.fact-index.com/t/ta/taniwha.html

http://www.tki.org.nz/r/farnet_new/te_kupenga/nga_korero.php

http://www.theserenedragon.net/Tales/australia-taniwha.html

http://www.eternalnight.co.uk/fiction/2002s/theroomoftheshrunkensouls-sample.html

smiley - smiley

smiley - fishsmiley - musicalnote


Taniwha

Post 3

Jerms - a Brief flicker and then gone again.

Yeah there we go! smiley - cheerssmiley - biggrin

That second site is a bit iffy, though... since when are New Zealand and Australia the same country? And who's ever spelt Taniwha 'Tanihwa'?? smiley - laugh

Even more interesting to me are the stories of the people known as the patupareaehe (sp?) - which have parallels to the legends of elves in other cultures. smiley - ok


Taniwha

Post 4

Zarquon's Singing Fish!

Not quite the correct spelling;

http://parasitic_screaming.tripod.com/maori/patupaiarehe.html

http://www.tki.org.nz/r/wick_ed/themes/rotk/five.php

http://daga.dhs.org/justpeace/art/photogalleries/maori/pages/The%20Net.htm

Maybe scope for an entry from you, Jerms?

smiley - fishsmiley - musicalnote


Taniwha

Post 5

Jerms - a Brief flicker and then gone again.

Hmm, maybe...

That first link is broken. smiley - sadface
Also, the link on your upage to the H2G2 winter party pictures, 2004, is also broken. Looks like they moved. smiley - erm

I found a book in the library about the patupaiarehe one day, written by one of the first colonists in NZ. The guy was a strict christian (as most colonists were) and didn't hold any truck with anything supernatural, yet he kept hearing stories which described a people that he knew of as 'elves', yet the maori had never heard that name.
So he wrote the stories down. This was the book I read. I may track it down again, it would certainly make an interesting entry...

smiley - cheers


Taniwha

Post 6

Zarquon's Singing Fish!

Odd, I've just checked the first link again, and it's working for me. You could do a really nice entry on NZ stories and legends, Jerms. I for one would be interested.smiley - smiley Maybe 'elves' are an archetype, if the occur spontaeously in different cultures?

I had the photos on a trial .Mac account, which expired. I tried to rescussitate it, but couldn't get it back and I no longer have the photos on my computer, following a difficulty which meant I had to reload the original settings, so I lost all my files smiley - smiley. Azahar has a nice file of h2g2ers, and one day I'll get round to uploading a photo or two onto it.

smiley - fishsmiley - musicalnote


Taniwha

Post 7

Jerms - a Brief flicker and then gone again.

smiley - weirdsmiley - erm I've just checked it again too, and it's still coming up with the error message 'Invalid URL'. smiley - grr Maybe it doesn't like the OS I'm using, or something.

"Maybe 'elves' are an archetype, if the occur spontaeously in different cultures?" Yeah that's what I was thinking... perhaps an entry on 'mythological' archetypes would be a good idea. I'd start with elves, from a NZ viewpoint, but I feel I'd need to know a lot more about the topic first. Perhaps if I find that book and re-read it it might trigger my memories of similar stuff... smiley - erm although that would involve me not having assignments to do... smiley - grr
I'll add it to the 'to do' list! smiley - ok

Pity about your photos. I've seen Azahar's page, too. Very cool! smiley - cheers


Taniwha

Post 8

Zarquon's Singing Fish!

Looking forward to seeing the entry when you've researched it, Jerms. smiley - ok

I'll look into sorting out/uploading photos in Az's bit when I get back from my birthday weekend.

smiley - fishsmiley - musicalnote


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