Te Awa Atua: Menstruation in the Precolonial Maori World

Te Awa Atua is a ground-breaking study of menstruation in pre-colonial Māori society. By examining Māori cosmologies, tribal histories, oral literatures, ceremonies and rites connecting Māori women to their pantheon of atua (deities), Ngāhuia Murphy unveils striking Indigenous constructs of womanhood that radically challenge notions of female inferiority and menstrual pollution. More

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