The Legends and Traditions of the Maoris (Illustrated) - Wilhelm Dittmer

The Legends and Traditions of the Maoris (Illustrated)

By Wilhelm Dittmer

  • Release Date: 2017-04-27
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Size: 4.61 MB

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Few records survive of the extensive body of Maori mythology and tradition from the early years of European contact. The missionaries had the best opportunity to get the information, but failed to do so at first, in part because their knowledge of the language was imperfect. Most of the missionaries who did master the language were unsympathetic to Maori beliefs, regarding them as 'puerile beliefs', or even 'works of the devil'.

Exceptions to this general rule exist, though. The writings of Wilhelm Dittmer are among our best sources for Maori legends.
His book also has possibly some of the best drawn art inspired by Maori legend and tradition ever published. These images stay with you long after you put the book down.