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Why do you have to take your shoes off before you go into the marae?

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November 26, 2008 11:01PM

It's seen as a gesture of humility and of respect. And it isn't just the Maori who ask that before entry into sacred places. It's common throughout the temples of India. And, way back, Moses removed his shoes before approaching the burning bush.