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A good book on Maori legends

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helmikuu 27, 2013, 9:08 pm


I've been doing a bit of browsing in bookshops with the intention of finding a good book on Maori mythology to take back home to Finland with me and would love to hear some opinions/suggestions. Two titles that seem to be readily available are Maori Legends and Legends of Aotearoa. The first one seems to be more comprehensive, but not knowing anything about the author, I'm wondering if it's a good choice (especially seeing it was first published quite some time ago).

Any comments would be much appreciated!

huhtikuu 2, 2013, 7:11 am

Just seen your query and I'm probably too late to reply. A.W. Reed was a well known publisher who also wrote several books. His Myths and Legends is a good basic book. The other book I haven't come across.
Another worth looking at is The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Maori Myth by Margaret Orbell.

Hope you enjoyed your trip.

huhtikuu 3, 2013, 6:26 am

I had the best time - 15 months in NZ actually! :) In the end I had so much stuff to pack (including some heavy books) that I ended up scrapping my "books to buy" list and order them online later on so you're not too late at all. :)
Thanks for the suggestion, I'll definitely look into it!

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 12, 2013, 1:36 am

Second that: The Illustrated Dictionary of Maori Myth and Legend by Margaret Orbell is concise and very useful. You might also like The Old-Time Maori by Makareti and The Coming of the Maori by Te Rangi Hiroa / Sir Peter Buck. For Ngai Tahu stories and lore, Tikao Talks: Ka Taoka O Te Ao Kohatu, told by Teone Taare Tikao to Herries Beattie is excellent but might be difficult to find.

Maori Symbolism by Ettie A. Rout is very detailed with many illustrations, but open to question as to its sources. It took me years to find the original 1926 London edition, but it's been republished (London : Kessinger Publishing, 2003) and should be available.

For NZ books, I've had good luck with www.abebooks.com/, and the NZ booksellers go out of their way to package books with care for overseas shipment.

Happy hunting!

huhtikuu 14, 2013, 3:19 am

Excellent, thanks very much!

huhtikuu 14, 2013, 9:35 pm

Glad you had a nice time. Did you find any particular NZ books that you'd like to recommend?

huhtikuu 24, 2013, 5:57 am

Thanks for asking - I'm really happy with my purchase of The Horse in New Zealand - it's not just a gorgeous horse book but a really fascinating look at the human history of these islands - how the arrival of horses affected travel, commerce and leisure time, and as such I think it would be of interest even to non-horsey people. :)