Concise Encyclopedia of Maori Myth and Legend
Margaret Orbell(Out of print)
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.
"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.