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Death and deathways occupied a central position in the collision between bodily regimes on the New Zealand frontier. For missionaries understanding Māori views of death was a crucial element in their attempts to create a vernacularized Christianity in northern New Zealand. These beliefs, of course, were the very things that the missionaries hoped to reshape, reform or supplant with a new cosmology built around the conflict between good and evil, God’s love, and atoning power of Christ’s sacrifice. However Māori never passively accepted these new interpretations of the order of things. Although some key elements of evangelical belief and practice...

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