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What Is a Hongi?


Hongi: traditional Maori greeting

Hongi ... traditional Maori form of greeting

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Question: What Is a Hongi?
Answer: Not to be confused with a hangi, the hongi is the Maori welcome expressed by the rubbing or touching of noses, something akin to the Western custom of kissing someone by way of greeting.

The literal meaning of "hongi" is the "sharing of breath."

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