March 11 2009

Maori movie Once Were Warriors and Sirian DNA

In section 7.9 of The Akan book I mention how Orion and Sirian DNA gone amok can create challenges (for those with this DNA) in contemporary society when channeled out in a way that is seen as inappropriate for 'civilized people'. For the Orion DNA gone amok society sometimes experiences psycho serial killers or twisted evil genius characters who use their minds in a way that shows that they are predominantly being controlled by their Orion DNA influences.

I just finished watching the movie Once Were Warriors which was shot in 1995. For those interested in seeing one portrayal of Maori life in contemporary society and the difficulties faced by families grappling with poverty, alcoholism, brutality and some other forms of social strife, this is an excellent movie.

The brutality shown in this movie (including fights, rape, wife-beating, gang-related scenes and various forms of manly 'macho behaviour') reminded me very much of some of the problems that some African American societies face in their societies where there is strife and a difficult life. Although social factors play a part in shaping how people behave, you see in this movie that the Maori individuals are in a sense being portrayed as they are (the major actors are all Maori). By this I mean the movie is meant to portray 'typical behaviours'. When Black people act in a 'typical manner' (rather than for instance because of influences from Western societies) different behaviours are sometimes seen.

The Maori society was traditionally a warrior society. The behaviours in this movie are very much Sirian-oriented. In modern times, acting in a typical warrior manner is seen as out of place and can be shocking to those who are not used to these norms. This is why this movie must be shocking to some. The father of the dysfunctional Maori family is a wife-beater and a gangster who deep down cares for his family but cares more for his friends, his gang, his booze and his macho image. The eldest son, striving to carve out his own identity gets estranged from his dad and joins a dangerous gang where the initiation ceremony involves having all the gangsters (a lot of them) beat up the neophyte, who is expected not to wimp or complain in order to get accepted/admitted. The new member then gets a face tattoo. One of the daughters is a poet/writer who has a good heart but evetually....(well, see the movie). The second son gets put into a foster home where he gets trained by a western trained but Maori-faithful Maori man-on-a-mission to help young boys from broken families reshape their lives. He does this by training the young boys to 'rechannel' their warrior behaviours into training both mind and body. This is exactly what I said in The Akan book about managing DNA influences for them to work for the individual concerned.There's much more, I found it to be an interesting, engaging movie.

On the whole, although this may come across as a shocking movie for some, others may also enjoy it or observe Sirian DNA gone amok in modern society. Such behaviours will have been totally OK in pre-modern societies. You can read about this movie on wikipedia or IMDB or you can get it on Netflix (US) or Lovefilm (UK) or you may buy it from or elsewhere.