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The Ancient History of the Maori, his Mythology and Traditions 6 Volume Set

By: White, John

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Anthropology series
1108039650 / 9781108039659
Mixed media product
Stock expected by 26/11/2019
United Kingdom
250 x 320 mm, 4000 grams 2626 pages, 57 Plates, black and white
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First published between 1887 and 1890, this six-volume work, containing Maori texts with English translations and commentary, and engraved illustrations, was one of the first printed records of the oral traditions of the Maori.

The project was commissioned by the New Zealand government in 1879 when it was observed that, due to the introduction of European culture and education, indigenous traditions were dying out.

The material was collected by John White (1826-91), an ethnographer, public servant and writer who had arrived in New Zealand as a boy and first began documenting Maori poetry in the 1840s.

The first three volumes focus on myths relating to deities, creation, and the Horouta canoe.

The second three include narratives about the Tainui migration, intertribal warfare, and the first European settlers.

Volume 6 also records genealogies of gods, ancestors and humans that were recited in ritual contexts such as births and burials.


HBLA Ancient history: to c 500 CE, JFHF Folklore, myths & legends, JHBT Sociology: customs & traditions, JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography

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