Tohunga : The Revival

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In New Zealand Maori have gone through a renaissance. Where traditions were seen as all but lost suddenly someone with the knowledge has come forth and it has been injected back into mainstream Maori society: language, carving, weaponry, dancing, singing, ancient navigating lores and tattooing. What next? The author of this book believes the time has come for a new era of Maori spiritual progress. His work seeks to provide insights into the work of tohunga today. Part One, Te Wananga o Te Ao Marama, tells of the coming of the world of light. It recounts oral creation traditions from the Io priesthood. In Part Two, Tohungatanga, the first chapter on Maori history is given to demonstrate the journey of Maori esoteric knowledge. There is disclosure on how the student of tohunga lore was originally introduced to the priesthood via initiation. Explanations are made about the tohunga schools of learning, initiation rites, and a grade structure is given that has not previously been presented. The remaining section of the book follows the grade structure of tohunga learning, disclosing each grade of knowledge in sequential order chapter after chapter.
Unlike the student of old, who had to undergo learning in the whare-wananga, here the author gives the practical methods of work in order for you to use them in your life. Included are traditional methods of communicating with the atua, reading weather signs, reciting chants, understanding the roles of the atua and healing. The last chapters are committed to understanding the lore of Io-matua-kore, the higher cosmology of the Io religion.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 182.88 x 259.08 x 22.86mm | 793.78g
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated edition
  • ill.
  • 079001002X
  • 9780790010021

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