Old New Zealand

Being Incidents of Native Customs and Character in the Old Times

Old New Zealand


Cock Lane And Common-Sense (Annotated Edition)

Cock Lane And Common-Sense (Annotated Edition)

This book is annotated with a rare extensive biographical sketch of the author, Andrew Lang, written by Sir Edmund Gosse, CB, a contemporary poet and writer. It is not without hesitation that this book is offered to the reader. Very many people, for very various reasons, would taboo the subjects here discoursed of altogether. These subjects are a certain set of ancient beliefs, for example the belief in clairvoyance, in ‘hauntings,’ in events transcending ordinary natural laws. The peculiarity of these beliefs is, that they have survived the wreck of faith in such elements of witchcraft as metamorphosis, and power to cause tempest or drought. To study such themes is ‘impious,’ or ‘superstitious,’ or ‘useless’. Yet to a pathologist, or anthropologist, the survivals of beliefs must always be curious and attractive illustrations of human nature. Contents: Preface. Introduction. Savage Spiritualism. Ancient Spiritualism. Comparative Psychical Research Haunted Houses Cock Lane And Common-Sense Apparitions, Ghosts, And Hallucinations. Scrying Or Crystal-Gazing The Second Sight Ghosts Before The Law A Modern Trial For Witchcraft Presbyterian Ghost Hunters. The Logic Of Table-Turning The Ghost Theory Of The Origin Of Religion

Old New Zealand and Other Writings

Old New Zealand and Other Writings

In Old New Zealand (1863), F.E. Maning recalls living alongside Maori in "the good old times before Governors were invented, and law, and justice, and all that." His account of the early contact period is widely acknowledged to be a masterpiece of some sort, but the extent to which it is fiction, autobiography, ethnography, history, or satire remains a matter for debate. This is the first scholarly edition of Maning's writings. It includes a revealing selection of Maning's unpublished letters, and Alex Calder contributes an introduction and notes that illuminate the works' historical, ethnographic, and literary contexts, showing how settler colonialism is an incomplete and contested process, the problems of which are enacted in Maning's writings, and repeated in the history of their reception.>

Old New Zealand

A Tale of the Good Old Times by a Pakeha Maori

Old New Zealand

Published in 1863, this vivid account documents the traditional Maori way of life that was vanishing due to European influences.