Manu Maori: Bird Legends and Customs

Author(s): Murdoch Riley

Maori Culture

A book about Maori and their legends and customs involving birds - includes CD "Forest and Ocean" by Hirini Melbourne.


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In the beginning; Status birds in the Maori world; Birds in legend; Birds for food, ornament and medicine; teachings of the houses of learning; Creation and the gods; The origin of birds; Land and sea birds and the origin of humans; Sacred and protective birds; Communications with bird gods; Minor and family gods; Love charms; Maui-potiki; Manaia figures; Kites in bird form; Korotangi; Winged and flying men; Origins of bird names; Names after birds; Birds aplenty in Aotearoa; Protecting the life essence (mauri) of the forest; astral bird lore; Bird taking; Snaring and spearing the pigeon; Snaring and speaing the parrott; Catching ducks and kiwi; Taking the tui, the parakeet and other birds; Removal of tapu and "rist fruits" ceremonies; Cooking birds; Preserving birds; Celebration and conservation; References.

General Fields

  • : 9780854671243
  • : Viking Sevenseas NZ Ltd
  • : Viking Sevenseas NZ Ltd
  • : Contains Hardback and CD-Audio
  • : 191mm X 140mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Murdoch Riley
  • : Mixed media product
  • : 398.2099305
  • : 88
  • : colour photos