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The Whare Kohanga (The "Nest House") and its Lore


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Foreword to Reprint .. .. .. .. .. 7
The Whare Kohanga .. .. .. .. .. 9
High-class baptismal rite performed over infants of supior families only. Lack of domestic comfort. Origin of data. Three ceremonial performances pertaining to birth. Rite to cause conception. Absolutory rite. Supreme Being invoked. Inanimate objects possess fertilizing-powers. Coneption brings congratulations and gifts. The whakapa rite causes barrenness. The whare kohanga, or "nest house." Tapu of birth. Tapuhi, or female attendants. The ahi tupopoto, a self-burning stove. Parturition. Tutelary beings presiding over birth. Hina. Sex of infant foretold. Period of labour, origin of. Charms to facilitate birth. Treatment of umbilical cord. Caesarean operation. Hori moralizes on the clash of cultures. The maioha ceremony. Infant welcomed into world. Gifts made to infant. Thetohi, or baptismal rite. Origin of baptismal function. The >paparoa and baptismal font. The oho rangi, or thunder-causing ceremony. Immersion practised. Iho buried as a birth-certificate. Uenuku-titi. The pure ceremonial. Ceremonial feast. Tapu. Infant dedicated to Supreme Being. Three qualities of mankind. Divinatory performances. Reciter of tapu formulae stood in water. Three grades of baptismal rite. Taumau, or betrothal. Weaning. Massage of infants. Cradles. Oriori tamariki.
Miscellaneous Notes .. .. .. .. 57
Ceremonial ear-piercing. Female children occasionally baptized. Period of labour. Moe-te-ao and her twins. The Po periods. Infant baptism a pre-Christian institution. Ceremonial release of bird in tohi rite. The whare kahu. Training of youths. Mating problem at Irihia and Mangaia.
Addenda: Brief Notes and Formulae in Original Maori ..65
Index .. .. .. .. .. .. 87
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