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An Intertextual Reading of Torah and Māori Spirituality - from the Perspective of a New Zealander

Hart, Sarah Lethbridge (2013) An Intertextual Reading of Torah and Māori Spirituality - from the Perspective of a New Zealander. Sea Changes, 6. pp. 1-24. ISSN 1445-0798

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Affinities exist between the Māori and Jewish way of living life. Primary and secondary source texts are now readily accessible for both traditions in English. Jews live in contemporary society according to concepts of tamei (impure) and tahor (pure) and Maori live with concepts of tapu (what is forbidden and restricted) and noa (unrestricted or free from tapu). Both binary systems are God-centred and experienced with the human body in daily life.

When the human body or land becomes polluted, that is, in a state of negative noa or tamei, there are ramifications for the individual and the community concerned—psychological and physical. Both Māori and Jews are challenged to find ways of living and find meaning in these very old binary systems that impinge on their bodies in modern society. Aspects of Torah and Māori spirituality challenge us too, such as guardianship of the environment and financial ideals of social equitability.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Māori Spirituality, Jews
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 02:21
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2014 02:21
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1329

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