Best, Elsdon, 1856-1931. The Maori: volume 1

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Title: The Maori: volume 1

Published By: Wellington, N.Z.: Printed by H.H. Tombs, limited, 1924. xv, 530 p.: ill.

By line: by Elsdon Best

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Maori (OZ04)

Subjects: Mythology (773); Sacred objects and places (778); Traditional history (173); Spirits and gods (776); Literary texts (539); General character of religion (771); Avoidance and taboo (784); Eschatology (775); Sorcery (754); Food preparation (252); Marriage (580);

Abstract: This document, Vol. 1 of a two volume work on the Maori of New Zealand, presents a comprehensive ethnographic study of native life as it existed in pre-European days. The author, a noted authority on the Maori, compiled this work from numerous notes made in the field between the years 1870 to 1920. In this first volume, the author covers the following aspects of Maori life: a physical description of the people, their culture history, the teaching of traditional history in the Whare wananga or school of learning, cosmogony, myth and folklore, religion, magical practices, and social customs both per se and in relation to marriage. Volume 2 of The Maori is in this collection (Best, document 2).

Document Number: 1

Document ID: oz04-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: 'Published by the Board of Maori Ethnological Research for the author and on behalf of the Polynesian Society.'.

Field Date: 1870-1920

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1963: John Beierle; 2007

Coverage Date: 1820-1920

Coverage Place: New Zealand

LCSH: Maori (New Zealand people)

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