The Maungapohatu notebook (1987)
This thesis is a study of the Maungapohatu Notebook, a collection of biblical quotations, and sayings of the prophet Rua Kenana. Rua was founder and head of the Wairua Tapu sect, which flourished in the Ureweras from 1906 until the death of its leader in 1937. Included in the Notebook are sayings of the founder of the Ringatu faith, Te Kooti Rikirangi Te Turuki, whose successor Rua claimed to be. A copy of a letter from Te Kooti to a certain Tiopira is also included. Several speeches are recorded in the Notebook, including the historic Whakatane encounter between Rua and Sir Joseph Ward, on March 23 1908. The major part of this work involves the translation of the text from Maori to English. The remainder of the thesis is devoted to fitting the recorded events into an historical context, and to separating the religious teachings of the two prophets, Te Kooti and Rua. Where this has been possible, I have attempted to evaluate Rua's ideology in relation to the political events of his time.
KeywordsKenana, Rua,--1869-1937.--Maungapohatu notebook; Kenana, Rua,--1869-1937; Te Kooti,--1830?-1893; Maori--Religion; Kenana, Rua,--1869-1937.--Maungapohatu notebook; Kenana, Rua,--1869-1937.--Maungapohatu notebook. English. 1987
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