Nga Atua: Maori Gods by Robyn Kahukiwa
This new, beautifully illustrated book by Robyn Kahukiwa is a great introduction to the main Maori gods. Each god is given one or two spreads with illustrations and a very short and simple description of their powers and/or sphere of influence. The few Maori words that are used are translated at the bottom of the page. This book would be an excellent companion to books of Maori myths but can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone book.
Robyn's art is always beautiful but she has surpassed herself in this book. The gods are reminiscent of Maori carvings but Robyn has released them from the wood and brought them to life.
“Aotearoa is home to many marvellous gods, They are special. They are unique. They are awesome.”
Robyn's book will help us all to become familiar with “Nga Atua Maori o Aotearoa: the Maori supernatural beings of New Zealand.”
Reviewed by Penny Guy