Maori mythology

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

The Maori arrived in successive waves from the islands cooking and the Society Islands in New Zealand, 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)

Oceanic Islands Mythology Books