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Concise Encyclopedia of Maori Myth and Legend

20 November 2023

'Concise Encyclopedia of Māori Myth and Legend' is by Margaret Orbell. It's a concise guide to Maori myths, legends, religious beliefs, folklore, and history. Over 300 entries reveal the subtlety and complexity of a traditional Māori worldview. Learn more. 

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(Out of print)

July 1998
$19.95
219pp, paperback
A5
ISBN: 0-908812-56-6

Based on the author's previous major book, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Maori Myth and Legend, this is a concise guide to Maori myths, and legends, religious beliefs, folklore and history. More than 300 entries, arranged alphabetically, reveal the subtlety and complexity of the traditional Maori view of the world.

Concise Encyclopedia of Maori Myth and Legend

"Handy, authoritative and - best of all - affordable... " - Sunday Star-Times

"... puts Maori literature within everybody's reach." - Christchurch Star

"Its concise nature and easy-to-follow alphabetical sequence make this an ideal reference book. Orbell provides a wealth of information which is bound to captivate the reader and encourage further exploration of the fascinating and alluring culture of our indigenous people." - Dunedin Star Weekender

Margaret Orbell was the author of eight previous books on Polynesian tradition, literature and belief, including The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Maori Myth and Legend, a finalist in the 1996 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. After retiring from her position as Associate Professor of Maori at the University of Canterbury she became a full-time writer.

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