The Ancient History of the Maori; His Mythology and Traditions Volume 2

The Ancient History of the Maori; His Mythology and Traditions Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...what shall I be overcome?" His father answered, "By your progenitor Hine-nui-tc-po, whom you may see sparkling in the horizon yonder." Maui said, "So let it be. Let us investigate the matter, whether life or death shall follow." The father said, " There is evil impending over you. When I chanted the incantation at your baptism I forgot some of the words of the ceremony, and for this I divine you are to die." Maui asked, "Will this be by Hine-nui-te-po? and what is she like?" The father said, "Her eyes, which you see flashing yonder, are dark as greenstone; her teeth are sharp as obsidian; her mouth is like that of the barracouta; the hair of her head like the kelp of the sea: her body only is in human form." Maui asked, "Is her power like that of Tama-nui-te-ra, who, until I caught him and beat him, and retarded his speed and diffused his heat by the blows of my weapon, was consuming man and land and water, and would soon have consumed the world if his heat had continued as great as before. Now he shines on all parts of this world. The ocean was also greater than the land until I, the fruit of your declining years, drew up the land and increased it." His father said, "It is true, O my last-born, and the power of my old age! Now, then, rise and go and see your progenitor, who like lightning flashes yonder on the horizon." No sooner had Maui and his father ended their conversation than Maui sought for companions, and there came to him the miromiro (Petroica toitoi), the pitoitoi, the tataeko, the koriroriro, the tirai-raka (tiwai-waka), and many other birds; and when all were assembled they started off, and in the evening they arrived at the house of Hine-nui-te-po, who was...
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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236490134
  • 9781236490131