This is superstition, plain and simple. When Christianity declines, barbaric superstitions fill the void.
But wait, there's more.
Women cannot go into the garden, on to the beach or in the kitchen when they are menstruating.
“It’s a very serious violation of tapu for women to do those things while menstruating. Women cannot have anything to do with the preparation of food while they are menstruating.”
I’m stunned. I wonder if women who are menstruating are “sacred” (like pregnant women) and therefore the food will do something bad to them if they touch it. Likewise the garden, full of evil things like plants and rocks.
So, what will happen if Maori ever manage to get hold of the beaches*. Will menstruating women be banned from them? Will there be special police around making sure that menstruating women do not set foot there? The mind boggles.
Hattip: Lance on Kiwiblog
Related link: Anger at Te Papa ban on pregnant women
* 13 year old son made this connection.