One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Maori culture) shame or embarrassment.‘avoiding a doctor out of embarrassment or whakama is just plain silly’
- ‘I do not know how the Maori members in this House can stand seeing yet another attack on the concept of whakama.’
- ‘For many Maori New Zealanders, to infringe this value would be to bring whakama on themselves.’
- ‘They should suppress their whakama and sign up for the courses that are available.’
- ‘Mitigating against such a self-identification strategy is a complex phenomenon called whakama.’
- ‘In these communities there is still an element of 'whakama' in having a smear but also anonymity.’
- ‘The biggest enemy of language revitalisation is whakama, a terrible sense of 'I'm not doing this right'.’
- ‘Maori cultural phenomena such as whakama or hopo may have similarities in terms of being culture-bound reactions to extreme stressors.’
- ‘Whakama is described as a state of mind that some Maori experience when they feel at a disadvantage.’
- ‘There is intense externalised shame or guilt (sometimes described as whakama).’
- ‘Students identified more areas warranting further investigation, such as "possibility of whakama".’
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