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Te Ika a Maui
Or, New Zealand and its Inhabitants, Illustrating the Origin, Manners, Customs, Mythology, Religion, Rites, Songs, Proverbs, Fables, and Language of the Natives


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Oceania

  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108017220

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  • Reverend Richard Taylor (1805–1873) was an English missionary, who wrote extensively on Maori culture and the plant and animal life of New Zealand. Taylor graduated from Queens' College, Cambridge in 1828 and was ordained as an Anglican priest the same year. After serving as a curate in the Isle of Ely, Taylor was appointed as a missionary to New Zealand for the Church Missionary Society. He arrived in Australia in 1836 and landed in New Zealand in 1839. Taylor quickly became a peacekeeper between the different Maori tribes in his district. This volume, first published in 1855, provides a detailed account of Maori mythology and culture with a description of the plant life, animal life and geology of the North Island. Taylor strongly condemns contemporary (nineteenth-century) attitudes to Maori culture and demonstrates the complexity of their society in this sympathetic book.

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    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108017220
    • length: 530 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 142 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 65 b/w illus. 8 colour illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Mythology
    3. Mythology continued
    4. Tapu
    5. Whare-Kura
    6. Fishing ceremonies
    7. Customs relating to the dead
    8. Tinirau
    9. Wakatauki, or proverbs
    10. Songs
    11. Personal ornaments
    12. Dreams
    13. Amusements
    14. Origin, as traced by language
    15. History
    16. The geology of New Zealand
    17. Climate
    18. Native chiefs
    19. Samuel Marsden
    20. Church
    21. Hongi
    22. Te Rauparaha and Rangihaeata
    23. Hone Heke
    24. Means of support
    25. Natural history
    26. Botany
    27. Hints to intended emigrants

  • Author

    Richard Taylor

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