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STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN'S

MAORI PENDANT

The fish hook pendant came from New Zealand. It is a symbol of eldership and provision - the balance of skill, chance and prosperity. It is also a symbol of the teaching and empowerment which passes between the generations. This is a reference to the Legend of Maui who fashioned a sacred hook from his grandmother's jawbone - the relic through which he inherited her personal power, or "Mana."

In native New Zealand (Maori) mythology, Maui was said to have caught a huge fish (the north island of New Zealand) with this sacred hook that he baited with his own blood. The upper part of the hook is the face. The space in the middle is Koru, a young fern frond symbolizing new growth. The outer right edge is the life line, and the tip on the right side is a teardrop.

Where is it now? I am not at liberty to say.

Where can I get a similar one? New Zealand. It is against Maori tradition to make any two exactly alike, and they are supposed to be acquired as a gift, not purchased for yourself.

Information from Ben Te Karu and J.K. Brown, as found in The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan.