Māori Religion and Mythology: Being an Account of the Cosmogony, Anthropogeny, Religious Beliefs and Rites, Magic and Folk Lore of the Māori Folk of New Zealand, Part 1
Elsdon Best was New Zealand's foremost writer on pre-European Maori life. His books are a uniquely valuable record of traditional Maori culture, social customs and beliefs. Without him, we would know little of the customs and traditions of these times. Best published almost a dozen monographs on all aspects of life; this edition brings them all back into print.
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Some Account of Maori Cosmogony Theogony
The Gods of the Maori
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