M Ori Tales & Legends

M Ori Tales & Legends

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... The Blind Goddess, and Tawhaki's Wonderful Climb to the Heavens LONG years ago there was a Maori chief who was as noble-looking as he was brave and strong, and his fame reached even unto the heavens. Waitiri, a young goddess, heard of his great deeds, and as he was named Kaitangata, man-eater, she thought he must indeed be a mighty warrior, and she determined to be his wife. He who could vanquish, and even eat men, the created of the gods, was worthy of honour. Early one morning, when the dew, the blessed tears of the far-off Rangi, the heavens, yet lingered on the earth, Kaitangata was returning through the vast forest which lay behind his fortified pah. He and some of his men had been out during the night spearing the kiwi, the hidden-bird of Tane, which in the dark hours comes out of its burrows. Kaitangata had separated from his companions to go down to a large pool in the outskirts of the forest to look for wild fowl. He moved quietly through the undergrowth; a gentle air rustled the reeds and spear-like leaves of the flax by the waterside, so his cautious footsteps did not disturb the birds. Some noble white-pines grew on the edge of the swampy ground, and there, close beneath one of the trees, Kaitangata wondered to see a maiden standing. "She is beautiful as the white crane in the morning light," thought Kaitangata. The first rays of the sun fell on her shining limbs and her graceful figure, supple as a sapling of the forest. The light heightened the brilliancy of her dark eyes. What was she doing there? He stopped to watch her. An eager expectancy was on her smiling face, and in the tip-toe poise of her bare foot playing with the wet bending grasses. As the sunshine grew rapidly brighter, the waters of the pool flashed back on...
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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1235595919
  • 9781235595912