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/ˈtɒhʊŋə; tɒˈhʊŋə/
(NZ) a Māori priest, the repository of traditional lore
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  • The enemy's hau—his life-essence, his vital force—then lies in the hollow of the tohunga's hand.

  • Nor have they any particular reverence for the tohunga or priest.

    Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent
  • A popular and accomplished young chief had died in battle, and his friends asked the tohunga, or medium, to call him back.

  • The man he belonged to had been a tohunga, and still ‘walked,’ in the shape of a lizard.

    In the Wrong Paradise Andrew Lang
  • These tohunga presided over all those ceremonies and customs which had something approaching to a religious character.

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.
  • Besides being a Hauhau "prophet," he was a tohunga, or priest, of the ancient Maori religion.

  • And the scalp had been taken from the head of Philpots to be used by the tohunga in divination to discover the event of the war.

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.
  • Then the tohunga said to Mr. Goodwin, 'I hand my mana (power) over to you; lead your friends across.'

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • These priests or tohunga would, and do to this hour, undertake to call up the spirit of any dead person, if paid for the same.

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.
  • Off they set to the tohunga; I happened to be at his place at the time, and saw and heard all I am about to recount.

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.

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