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The Io tradition

The Io tradition

In this extract from The lore of the whare-wananga (1913), ethnologist S. Percy Smith dismisses suggestions that Māori traditions about Io, the supreme being, were derived from Christian teachings, and emphasises that their origins are ancient.

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Reference: The lore of the whare wananga, part 1. New Plymouth: T. Avery, 1913, p. vii.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Māori creation traditions - Different creation traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/2436/the-io-tradition (accessed 19 November 2018)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005