Volume 51 1942 > Volume 51, No. 1 > The Ringatu seal, p 80
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THE RINGATU SEAL.
Illustration

In the centre is an open Bible encircled by a scroll with buckle at its foot, as if to signify the buckling-on of the armour of faith. On this scroll are the words TE TURE A TE ATUA ME TE WHAKAPONO O IHU, the last two words, O IHU, being on another scroll below the buckle of the inner scroll: on this lower scroll, left and right of the words O IHU (The law of God and the faith of Jesus), are the words WHAREKAURI 67 and WAINUI 26. WHAREKAURI 67 is intended to signify that the first prayers, psalms, and hymns were compiled at Wharekauri on the Chathams in 1867, the words WAINUI 26 that at Wainui in 1926 the first steps were taken to re-organize the church on a modern basis. On the left-hand page and right-hand page respectively of the open Bible are the words TE KAWENATA TAWHITO and TE KAWENATA HOU (The Old Testament or Covenant, and The New Testament), signifying that the Ringatu faith is derived from the whole of the Scriptures.

The hands indicate the sign of the Ringatu, the Upraised Hand, and the Eagle settling on the top of the circular scroll between the hands is a reference to Deuteronomy 32, 11-12: “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them up on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.”

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