Author(s): J C Andersen
Johannes Andersen's essay on Maori Religion,while hardly the final word on the subject,is valuable as a glimpse into the window of a whare-wananga by a well disposed outsider. As Andersen was at pains to point out ,the religion of the pre-European Maori must remain to some extent mysterious to later generations of New Zealanders, including many of Maori ancestry, because of the secrecy which always surrounded it,but most especially because of it's vilification and vigorous destruction by Christian missionaries. Andersen, writing when Christianity had a much greater hold over New Zealanders than is now the case,seemed to be arguing more for an assimilation of the ancient religion than its reinstatement; whether either move is appropiate for today we leave to the individual reader. Robin Mitchell for Cadsonbury Publications
Contents include: ch. 1. A religion for every day -- ch. 2. Mortals and immortals -- ch. 3. The Maori pantheon -- ch. 4. Tapu and mana -- ch. 5. The Maori and christianity -- ch. 6. The whare wananga -- ch. 7. Io the supreme being.