Hui (secret society)

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Hui (Chinese: ) is a Chinese word, generally meaning 'conference', but which is sometimes used to refer to a secret society. It is often mutually interchangeable with terms like kongsi (Chinese: 公司; pinyin: Gōngsī), a term generally used to mean 'corporation', or a Chinese clan (Chinese: 會館; pinyin: Huìgǔan). The Hokkien-derived term kongsi (公司, Pe̍h-ōe-jī: kong-si) is more widely known in Southeast Asia, however, whereas in China, the secret societies were just simply known as hui.

In modern Hawaii vernacular, hui is used to refer to any group or organization. Similarly, in Māori, the word hui retains its traditional meaning as a gathering.[1]

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  1. ^ The Marae - meeting place by Robbie Whitmore, History-NZ blog