Tuesday, January 18, 2011

SPIRITUAL AND MENTAL CONCEPTS OF THE MAORI BY ELSDON BEST.



Content :

Spiritual potentiae of man. Spirit and soul. Definitions. The Maori  and abstract conceptions. Animism and animatism. Terms denoting  spiritual and mental concepts. The wairua and its functions. The  soul a protective agent. All entities possess an indwelling spirit.  The soul comes from Supreme Being. The term toiora. Souls represented  by moths. The awe or refined soul. The luku wairua rite.  The soul affected by magic. Passing of soul to spirit-world. Ghosts.  Angaanga. Ata. Aria. The kapu of a pou rahui. Ahua. Material  representations of immaterial things. Immaterial representations of  material objects. The miri aroha rite. Mawe. The mauri and mauri  ora. Physical life-principle. Material mauri. Protective agents.  The hau. Manea. Manawa and manawa ora. Hebrew terms. Tipua.  Animatism. Mental concepts. Aro, hinengaro, ngakau, and puku.  Other expressions. The ira atua or Divine element in man. Maori  mentality. Results of introspective thought.















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