Posts by Gordon Ell

Kiwiosities: Rua Kenana

Kiwiosities coverExcerpts from Kiwiosities, a book by Gordon Ell on the traditions and folklore of New Zealand.

A tohunga of the Urewera, Rua Kenana came to believe that he was the  reincarnation of  John the Baptist and on occasions, the Holy Ghost.

Building  what he called the new Jerusalem at remote Maungapohatu, he was frequently at odds with the Crown, placing himself apart from the law.  

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