Maori mythology

When they settled in New Zealand, the Māori brought from the different islands where they came from, a number of stories which they adapted to their new environment and developed. Maori Mythology describes their religion.

The Maori arrived in successive waves from the Cook Islands and the Society Islands in New Zealand, from IXe to XIVe century. Originally, the term literally means "ordinary", but this etymology is sometimes debated. In Tahitian, māori also means "in confidence", "as welcome". Haere māori mai! “Come, welcome! "(Dictionary of fare vana'a)

With the arrival of the first Europeans (the "Pākehā" or "Papa'a") in XVIIIe century, indigenous populations began to refer to themselves in this way, first of all in the form of tangata māori (ordinary person, native), to finally keep only "Maori".

Maori mythology

Maori mythology (texts)