Traditions and Superstitions of the New Zealanders

Traditions and Superstitions of the New Zealanders : With Illustrations of their Manners and Customs

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This historical and anthropological account of the Maori of New Zealand was published in 1854 by the English physician and colonial administrator Edward Shortland (1812-93). Shortland was deeply interested in Maori culture, learned the language, and wrote ethnographic studies including The Southern Districts of New Zealand (1851) and Maori Religion and Mythology (1882), also included in this series. In various roles including 'Protector of Aborigines', he often served as interpreter, and played an active role in mediating not only between Europeans and Maori, but between different Maori factions. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Shortland's approach was to interact with the Maori rather than merely observe them. In this book, Shortland often cites named Maori individuals as his sources, which makes his treatment of topics such as tapu, land tenure and rites of passage distinctive. He also covers Maori cosmology and origin narratives, genealogies, education, proverbs, songs and more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139109081
  • 9781139109086

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Origin of the New Zealanders; 2. Natural divisions of the New Zealanders; 3. Genealogy of mankind; 4. 'Atua', their nature and attributes; 5. Explanation of the words 'Tapu' and 'Noa'; 6. Causes of disease; 7. Charms and spells; 8. Education of youth; 9. Selections from songs called 'Waiata', with translations; 10. Oratory. 'Whakatauki', or proverbs; 11. State of civilization of the New Zealanders when first discovered; 12. Divisions of the New Zealanders into 'Waka', 'Iwi', and 'Hapu'; 13. Arms; 14. A New Zealander's will; Appendix; more