SOMETHING ABOUT THE "PROPHET."
BIG FOLLOWING AMONGST
The following account of Bua, the •'Prophet," who caused a sensation by putting up armed resistance when be was baing arrested at Maungapobatu on Monday last, in which Toko, his son, and Maipa, one of big follower?, were killed and several constables in Commissioner Cullen's forces were wounded, is given in the "Dominion." That newspaper pays :— "Colonel Porter, Commandant of the National Reserve of New Zealand, who is very well acquainted with the Rua cult in the Ure. were Country, re cently gave some interesting notes on the "prophet" to a representative of the "Dominion. Rua, he said, bas at present a very large following all over New Zaaland, and bis adherents, strange to say, include .many Maoris of the well educated class. Further more, this following represents a very solid cash book.
Asked whether he thought there might be trouble, Colonel Porter said :
"There may be, and then, again, there may not Rua may elect to become a martyr, and sacrifice himself to the law. I had to deal with Rua myself in 1905, when we had trouble with him on the East Coast. There was some talk of Rua making trouble, but he eventually retired with his followers ecross the boundary into Ure rewa. His present headquarters are at Maunga Pohatu ("Rocky Mountain"), where he has established his new Zion City. His cult is known as the 'Elevated Hand' (Te Ringa Tv), from tha custom of his adherants of holding up iba right band when at rheir devotions. Properly speaking, Bna's peot areof 'Te Wairua Tapu" (The Holy Spirit'), but 'The Elevated Hand' is the more familiar name."
"Rua claims to be be of whom Tβ JJooti prophesied that there would ansa amongst their number one who would abide,by the jaws of God and the law 3of the land. Ec q.lgo palled bimf«!f Hepbzibab, a scriptural name from the Book of Isaiah, in the Bible —rather curious, too, The verse— the fourth verse of Chapter 62— reads — "Thou shall; m mpre be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy lend, any more be termed" Desolate; but tbou shalt be oallod Hepbzibah, ap3 thy land Bsulab : For the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.' , Colonel Porter added that Rua had been putting it abroad that the Kaiser if he won tba war, would restore to his followers all the land they had lost,
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SOMETHING ABOUT THE "PROPHET.", Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3534, 7 April 1916