Ben Hana - The 'Brother'

Fans of Ben Hana (#10 on Google 12/4/06)
The 'Blanket Man' of Wellington, New Zealand
subtitled; 'What does this mean about us?'  and 'Te Whanau o Aotearoa'

Faces of the Brother
12th April 2006
         
       
               
       
               
       

 

         
 
 
   
Courtenay Place - Wellington - NZ
   
   
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Home of the Brother - Ben Hana
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The Brother with brothers and sisters.. sevens party-ing in Wellington NZ.
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  'In HIS Image..'
"Hey mate, look at my new phone, it cost enough to feed you for 2 years"
 

Beauty and the Beast ..

modern meditation

íf youve got it flaunt it..

 

"if art is meant to evoke emotions and reactions then this one does that.."

 

"hopeless".

"pain"

"Just another day in Paradise"

 

 "if I show no interest maybe she'll go away!"

"... and when I press this button you will be teleported back to your own planet"


"I used to have unmanageable hair too, ... until this little gizmo fixed it!"

"Mind if I....."

"For the last time it's NOT my phone!!!" ? :o)

 

 

 

“On the mat”

“Return to the mat”

“Oh my Goodness”

“Spaced Out”

“Dhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

“Huuuulo”

“Is there anybody there”

“Hi Gorgeous”

“Space 2006”

 

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The all powerful sun beating down on the
home of Ben Hana
 
The Sun delivering the Lord of all rings:
a sun halo in the sky above Ben Hana

 

Media    
http://www.thread.co.nz/article/762 'Te Whanau o Aotearoa' New Zealand Documentary Film  
http://www.enzedff.co.nz/filmsynopsis.asp?FilmID=1614&Archive=0&RegionID=1&EventID=7 Telecom 34th Wellington Film Festival  
http://www.filmarchive.org.nz/index.html Reference Number
Film : F59336 TE WHANAU O AOTEAROA - CARETAKERS OF THE LAND

Year
2003

Production Company
TE WHANAU O AOTEAROA, CUTCUTCUT

Country
NEW ZEALAND

Duration
088:00

Category
documentary

Site/Shelf Location
Film Archive, Wellington
2004.4451

Credits
Producers / Editors / Directors: ERROL WRIGHT, ABI KING-JONES
Photography & sound: ERROL WRIGHT

sociology    
http://www.vuw.ac.nz/mywellington/news-politics/homelessness.htm Perceiving homelessness in Wellington

By Nyree Barrett

 

 
http://www.vuw.ac.nz/mywellington/people-city/BernhardHana.htm A Different Way of Life

By Marcelina Mastalerz

Interview with ‘Brother’ (a.k.a ‘Blanket Man’)

 
more information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Hana    

sun god worship etc

 

Ben Hana is clearly worshipping the Maori Sun God, Ra. (aka Ra, Te Ra, or Tira to the Maori) and Tamauawhiti, Tama-nui-te-ra, having a curiously similiar name to the AncientEgypt - Egyptian sun god Ra

http://www.astronomynz.org.nz/maori/star_names.htm

- Ra - Well actually it might; as an Indengious people( known as the Mauri; recorded by the LIbrary of Alexandria in Egypt; ) to what would be modern day Libya; were known as sea navigators ( sailing as far as the isle of gold; Java to bring back gold for the Egyptians) setting out to circumnavigate the earth (at this time it was accepted in Egyptian History that the world was round; Eratosthenes:cira 276-192 b.c proved the the world was round; using rods, shadows and mathmatics ) Thus a flotilla; led by a rather conifdant chap ... Maui; left ... never to be seen again; evidence of their culture; beliefs have been left all through south east asia/(Tawian) the pacfic ( 235-225 b.c ' The Caves of the Navigators' the six ships captained by Rata ) and so forth ... so there is good chance that Maui of New Zealand Oral tails; who slowed the sun; is not unlike another people; subjected to slavery for a peroid of world history( thus enough time to assimalte influences of culture, religion, history and soceity; jews) who in Old testement tails wrote of God stopping the Sun for a time for a great battle. One tail told a thousand different ways...

 

 
the yin and yang of Ben and Kiwi society Food for Thought

"George Ritzer has taken central elements of the work of Max Weber, expanded and updated them, and produced a critical analysis of the impact of social structural change on human interaction and identity. The central theme in Weber's analysis of modern society was the process of Rationalization; a far reaching process whereby traditional modes of thinking were being replaced by an ends/means analysis concerned with efficiency and formalized social control." Robert Keel, Sociology 1010 [2]

Ben reminds us of one possible alternative to compliance with the new society.

I think Ben represents our precious freedom to more or less do what we want, if we are not hurting anyone. He portrays an image that provokes our thinking as to why, that makes him living art, and that is of some value to society. Who will ever know the truth? and what does that matter so much anyway, its a personal experience that is happening here as much as public. check out the image of 'Tribute to Ben Hana' or is it a worshipping of the sun that gives us light and fabulous images to see and share? I have a core concept of Rakiura, (mis)translated by myself as 'works of light in the land of the glowing skies'. If you think thats unrelated verbosity, you need to speak with Ben, he sees the colourful stuff in the clouds, that I record, and that most people miss on their 'busy' and 'important' daily missions.

The Blanket man was written about today in the Wellington Regional Newspaper, with photo, and is rapidly becoming nationally infamous. It's all about media news now, and that is a separate issue to the person. The sevens tribute was quite funny, and seriously creative, I look at that bunch on my desktops and smile, often. look for yourself [1] I dont agree with some aspects, but then I get hate email as a result of having a POV here, and demanding objectivity, some really despicable stuff, true. I think there are many symbols in this article, that kiwis relate to, maybe we need them, I am still figuring it out, so dont really know. I am more of an observer / reporter. I confess to wondering out loud, but really, dont take it too seriously until its verifiable... or thats what they tell me over and over. Ben is subject to the same law as us, and we all know that, and i'm sure we all would expect it to be upheld.

Ojectiveness, yes, a snapshot of reality; its not as if; Ben Hana is being hailed as James K. Baxter's ' Maori Jesus 'walking on Wellington Harbor; as he wore dungarees; his beard and hair was long; his breath smelling of mussels and paraoa; and when he smiled it looked like the dawn ' But one could argue; that all things being equal; what is the state of ' New Zealand's Health ' and " Social Welfare ' systems? in regards to everyday ' Kiwis 'It's percieved funtion at home and abroad ... how often has the 'Brain of God ' been labotomized? why do people not bother to understand mental illness and almost forgotten everday phenomenon of ' gesellschaft? ' Lets document a man who does not conform to the status quo and how does this create ' meaning?' ; at the same time; this is also a forum for like minded individuals to contribute 'something ' everybody Knows a little bit of something, and a lot of people know alot of nothing' iron sharpens iron.

Gemeinschaft / Gesellschaft
Rural/Urban
Community/Differentness
Interaction/intimate
Formal/task specific
Cooperation/Self-interest
Openness/Privacy
Informal control/Formal control
Less tolerance of deviance/Tolerance of deviance
Ascribed Status/Achieved
Little change/Rapid Change

yes the eternal struggle to reconcile paradox...

http://www.umsl.edu/~rkeel/010/mcdonsoc.html#Irrationality Irrationality

http://www.umsl.edu/~rkeel/010/structur.html Structures of Society

 
the locality attributes of Bens chosen home Ben's chosen locality has significant relationships with historical Maori and European activities and events. The Lord of the Rings is one example. A Waka launching area is under construction a few blocks away at the new Waitangi Park, adjacent to Te Papa. The Waitangi stream is being lifted back out of the drains and passed through a new cleansing watercourse. An array of spiritually significant projects are under way for a range of people with diverse cultural values and beliefs.

well i thought that if you wanted to know about a human subject such as Ben Hana, then knowing about his chosen location would assist in some way. It could be simply that there is a high percentage of pedestrian traffic of people with food and money in their hands and pockets, both locals and tourists. There are plenty of buskers around and some beggars. The buildings indicate shelter from the harsh environment. Its cold and often wet and extremely windy outside of that shelter belt. The concrete and tarseal store the days heat and moderate the evening temperatures, that plummet in the open. My point is that while we are not supposed to say that stuff out there in the article, its the best way to build it. let someone else go and collect the data, its easily available. The sociology discussion isabout Bens human location, the attributes of the people around him, what they think. Again, there is little hard data, and that article may stimulate someone into collection. That he has fans, is probably saving his wiki article from deletion, coupled with the documentary. The pics are intended to illustrate those concepts.

 

 
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   

 

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