Robinson, Samuel Timoti.

Tohunga : the revival : ancient knowledge for the modern era / Samuel Timoti Robinson. - Auckland, N.Z. : Reed Books, 2005. - 320 pages

Part One, Te Wananga o Te Ao Marama, tells of the coming of the world of light. It recounts oral creation traditions from the Io priesthood. In Part Two, Tohungatanga, the first chapter on Maori history is given to demonstrate the journey of Maori esoteric knowledge. There is disclosure on how the student of tohunga lore was originally introduced to the priesthood via initiation. Explanations are made about the tohunga schools of learning, initiation rites, and a grade structure is given that has not previously been presented. The remaining section of the book follows the grade structure of tohunga learning, disclosing each grade of knowledge in sequential order chapter after chapter. Included are traditional methods of communicating with the atua, reading weather signs, reciting chants, understanding the roles of the atua and healing. Many will find the chapter on tohunga healing enlightening because it seeks to bring together all branches of tohunga healing into one chapter with a clear understanding of the internal aspects of humans, as the tohunga understood them. A chapter on divination presents practical aspects, and another chapter on makutu describes the methods of employing makutu.

Includes bibliographical references and index. Includes bibliographical references (p. 315-316) and index.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

079001002X (pbk.)

Reed Publishing

Priests--New Zealand.
Maori (New Zealand people)--Religion.
Maori culture.