The mystery of the god Io

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Rangiwai, Byron
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2022-02
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Journal Article
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Aotearoa
New Zealand
Io Matua Kore
Māori religion
religion
monotheisim
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Rangiwai, B. (2022). The mystery of the god Io. Synkrētic, (1), 73-85.
Abstract
...These facts have fed an enduring controversy over the authenticity of the Māori god Io. This is a complicated and extensive debate.* Skeptics believe that Io was either an accidental or intentional colonial construct used to present Māori culture as semicivilised to European audiences, because, it was thought, worshipping a Supreme God placed it on a higher rung of an imagined hierarchy of races. Māori believers, meanwhile, accept Io as their god, whether they identify him with the Christian faith, Māori tradition, or both.
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Irukandji Press
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