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U is for Utu


Utu is a Maori word. If asked, I would have defined utu as revenge for wrong doings. I’m sort of right, but when I double-checked the definition, I discovered it means much more.

According the the NZ History site, utu is maintaining the balance and harmony within society. Each wrong needs to be put right, but the method of correcting the balance to obtain harmony again varies. And this is where revenge steps right up to the plate!

An example – If the balance within a tribe or between tribes was upset, one form of utu was muru. Muru is where personal property is seized in lieu or compensation for the offence. The matter was then considered resolved.

However, if this didn’t work, then a tribe might carry out a taua, which was a hostile expedition or a straight out war. There were different levels of taua.

Taua muru – a bloodless plundering

Taua ngaki mate/taua roto – violent action

So there you have it – the ins and outs of utu.

In the fictional sense, I think revenge makes for an exciting plot full of twists and turns. One of my favorite types of plot to write.

Do you like revenge plots?

An Eye for An Eye

Thursday Thirteen

I had a couple of topics ready to do a TT, but I’m feeling grumpy and a bit bloodthirsty today so I decided to do my TT on REVENGE.

1. Some philosophers would give a sex to revenge, and appropriate it almost exclusively to the female mind. But, like most other vices, it is of both genders; yet, because wounded vanity and slighted love are the two most powerful excitements to revenge, it has been thought, perhaps, to rage with more violence in the female heart. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

2. An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind. ~ Ghandi.

3. Revenge is a bitch. ~ Anonymous

4. Live well. It is the greatest revenge. ~ The Talmud

5. Revenge converts a little right into a great wrong. ~ German Proverb

6. Well, remember what you said, because in a day or two, I’ll have a witty and blistering retort! You’ll be devastated THEN! ~ Calvin & Hobbes

7. You cannot get ahead while you are getting even. ~ Dick Armey

8. Revenge is often like biting a dog because the dog bit you. ~ Austin O’Malley

9. Don’t get mad, get even. ~ Robert F Kennedy

10. Something of vengeance I had tasted for the first time; as aromatic wine it seemed, on swallowing, warm and racy: its after-flavor, metallic and corroding, gave me a sensation as if I had been poisoned. ~ Charlotte Bronte

11. That old law about “an eye for an eye” leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing. ~ Martin Luther King Jnr.

12. Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. ~ Confucius

13. Revenge… is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion. ~ Albert Schweitzer

I’m sure like most people, you’ve thought about revenge and maybe carried it out. It’s human. I mean I kill people off in books all the time… Just sayin’…
What do you think about revenge? Good, bad or ugly?