He Atua, He Tangata: The World of Māori Mythology

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Paperback: $44.00
ISBN-13: 9780947506889
Published: May 2022

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400 pages
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  • About the Book
  • In this comprehensive collection, now in its third edition, esteemed editor Ross Calman revises the core stories of gods (atua) and people (tangata) and the many other beings that sit on the continuum between the two.

    Divided into themes, this elegantly produced volume starts with traditions of the creation of the universe, and the separation of Rangi and Papa, then reviews the pantheon of atua (gods), the overworlds and underworlds. Next are the demigods and supernatural peoples, then legends of earth, ocean and sky, tohunga and makutu, and finally legends of love and endurance.

    He Atua, He Tangata presents different versions for stories, with sources identified where possible. Calman has modernised the language to give stories a contemporary feel, incorporating updates to the reo, making this timeless work perfect for twenty-first century readers..

  • About the Author(s)
    • A.W. Reed, Author

      A.W. Reed (1908–1979) was one of New Zealand’s most influential writers and publishers. He helped build A.H. & A.W. Reed into the country’s leading publisher, and authored more than 200 books. His works on Māori mythology have served New Zealanders for several generations
    • Ross Calman, Translator

      Ross Calman is a widely published author, editor and licensed translator whose other books with Oratia are Favourite Māori Legends and The Treaty of Waitangi.