News of the weird
Monday 16 March 1998
Two legs good; no legs bad: In a claim filed last Thursday at the Te Kuiti District Court in New Zealand, a Maori family is suing the local health authority for permitting a body to be buried without its legs. Monty Winikirei, the patriarch of the family, had his legs amputated below the knees in August 1994 and died a year later. The family claims that the hospital did not tell them that the legs were not with the body when it was returned to them for burial, and he was consequently buried without them, which breaches an old Maori taboo requiring all parts of a person's body to be buried together.
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