Mere (weapon)

Mere (weapon)

The mere is a type of short, broad-bladed club (patu), usually made from Nephrite jade (Pounamu or greenstone). A mere is one of the traditional, close combat, one-handed weapons of the indigenous Māori, of New Zealand and a symbol of chieftainship.

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... Pounamu was highly prized by Maori and the merepounamu as the weaponof a chief or rangatira, was the most revered of all Maori weapons ... Highly prized, these merewere passed through generations and the weaponswere named and said to possess a spiritual quality or mana of their own ... Particularly special merewere imbued with magical powers, or supernatural qualities ...

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