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Old 06-17-2012, 03:14 AM
 
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The languages, that is. Words like 'Taranaki' (Maori) could easily be Japanese! The place name 'Aomori' in Japan also sounds VERY Maori/Polynesian, where the 'ao' suffix is common. Or take 'Kaikoura' or 'kauri' in Maori. I think linguists believe there is some Pacific Island connection with Japan, and some believe Taiwan as the ancestral homeland of the Polynesian people so it's no surprise.
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:29 AM
 
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Well Japan after all is an Island off a massive continent..
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:59 AM
 
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If you google God Defend NZ and find the site where more than one maori verse is sung, it doesnt sound Like modern Japanese.
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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They have similar phonological structures.. but that is where the similarity between the two languages ends.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:48 AM
 
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The Polynesian race did originate from Taiwan, Maori is in the same group of languages as Hawaii, Tahiti, and Easter Island.
There are Taiwanese who if dressed in normal clothing one would take to be Maori.

Aloha in Hawaiian is aroha in Maori, very similar sounding for the same meaning, but no I have not heard of Japanese being close.
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:52 PM
 
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The Polynesian race did originate from Taiwan, Maori is in the same group of languages as Hawaii, Tahiti, and Easter Island.
There are Taiwanese who if dressed in normal clothing one would take to be Maori.

Aloha in Hawaiian is aroha in Maori, very similar sounding for the same meaning, but no I have not heard of Japanese being close.
And the story about the god maori fishing NZ from the bottom of the sea... Same story in Hawaii

And correct me if im wrong but maori legend is when they die they go to Hawaiki..
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:55 PM
 
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Well the Maori (Polynesians) come from Aboriginal Taiwanese who may have been related to the Ryukyuan peoples of Japan (Who the Ryukyuan belong to the original Japanese people along with the Ainu)
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:17 PM
 
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And the story about the god maori fishing NZ from the bottom of the sea... Same story in Hawaii

And correct me if im wrong but maori legend is when they die they go to Hawaiki..
Yes we do, but I have yet to hear of seventy two virgins
Cousin of mine was up in Hawaii helping them set up a total immersion Hawaiian language elementary school.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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Yes we do, but I have yet to hear of seventy two virgins
Cousin of mine was up in Hawaii helping them set up a total immersion Hawaiian language elementary school.
Go to youtube and search for "family guy 72 virgins"
Its a good laugh
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