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Maori Prophet and Temple

Tūhoe prophet, Rua Kēnana Hepetipa, and his temple, 1908.

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Evil eye on the train

Waikato Times WAIKATO TIMES, VOLUME XXXVII, ISSUE 3036, 31 DECEMBER 189 https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/WT18911231.2.10 With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

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Segement from ‘The disappearance of letham crouch’

A segment from ‘The disappearance of letham crouch‘ by Chas Owen an early (the earliest I am currently aware of) example of ‘consciously’ horror fiction in New Zealand. Inhabiting the borderland between weird fiction and the ghost story, the evocative little … Continue reading

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The Old Gods

THE OLD GODS. Auckland Star, Volume LX, Issue 130, 4 June 1929, Page 6 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=AS19290604.2.52&srpos=13&e=——-100–1—-0witch+goddess–

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The Noosing of the Sun-God

The Noosing of the Sun-God Jessie Mackay 1910 “Tiraha, Te Ra! I am Maui,— Maui, the bantling, the darling;— Maui, the fire-thief, the jester;— Maui, the world’s fisherman! Thou art the Sun-God, Te Ra of the flaming hair. Heretofore man … Continue reading

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A Cultural Transmission from Maori to Pakeha

SUPERSTITIOUS SETTLERS. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXI, Issue 18600, 7 January 1924, Page 8   This is similar to warnings about Tapu contributors to this blog received from inhabitants of Stewart Island in the 1990’s. With thanks to the National Library … Continue reading

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Giant Bones Found Near Christchurch

FIND OF HUMAN BONES. Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XVI, Issue 6093, 21 November 1898, Page 2     http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=TH18981119.2.16&srpos=6&e=——-10–1—-0giant+bones– With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

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A Fairy Woman

Kai-he-raki was a witch woman who lived on the Takitimu Range—not an ugly old witch-hag, but a young and beautiful witch whose comeliness defied Time. She was tapu. A man out hunting wekas caught her, but the narrator forgot his … Continue reading

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Wizard in the “Gall of Satan”

From H. Beatties’ Traditions and Legends of the Natives of Murihiku. (Southland, New Zealand) from the Journal of the Polynesian Society volume 28 No: 112 Merehau, a tohuka, who resided usually in the Port Molyneux district was living when the white settlers came. He … Continue reading

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A Secret Word

From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s  ‘The Wanderings of a Spiritualist‘ (1921) It is said that the Tahungas, or priests, have much hereditary knowledge of an occult sort. Their oracles were famous, and I have already quoted an example of their … Continue reading

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