Maori Esoteric Knowledge: Te Kura Huna a Rua
This work investigates through lexical analysis an ancient Māori method of esoteric knowledge concealment called “Te Kura Huna a Rua.” It appears to have been a system which functioned to condition initiates into a way of seeing and being in the world. It was the equivalent of the Māori university or institution for higher learning and was imparted orally. Kura huna or “hidden school” as the name implies, maintained the status quo by confining essential and powerful knowledge to a select group or class of people. The prefix Rua designated a body of knowledge made explicit by the root word which followed it and was evident in the areas of knowledge acquisition. The characterisation of a body of knowledge as kura huna meant that it was valued highly, to the extent that it was circumscribed with ritual to maintain its privileged and tapu or sacred status.
Keywords: Maori Esoteric Epistemology, Concealed Knowledge
Monte Himone Aranga
Senior Lecturer, School of Maori and Indigenous Indigenous Studies, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi