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Prior to 1500 A.D. the Polynesians have been the main generally unfold humans in the world, having settled a space of the Pacific, the Polynesian Triangle, two times the scale of the U.S.. during this first reference advisor to the mythology of those Vikings of the Pacific, Craig studies Polynesian legends, tales, gods, goddesses, and heroes in 1000's of alphabetical entries that succinctly describe either characters and occasions. His wide-ranging and thorough creation units the topic in its geographic, old, anthropological, and linguistic contexts, supplying an illuminating evaluate of the starting place of the Polynesians as a special humans and tracing their voyages and settlements from Indonesia to Malaysia, Tonga, Samoa, the Marquesas, some of the islands of jap Polynesia, together with Hawaii, Easter Island, and New Zealand. The creation offers interesting details on Polynesian navigational talents and the voyages themselves, in addition to a chart that information the evolution of the thirty Polynesian languages and compares cognates from numerous of those languages. A simplified pronunciation advisor and a specific checklist of Polynesian dictionaries and/or grammars are supplied for these attracted to pursuing the richness of the Polynesian languages. This introductory survey provides readers the mandatory heritage to appreciate the beginning, improvement, and dispersion of the myths during the Pacific basin.

The Dictionary of Polynesian Mythology is the results of decades of study. the person entries have been gleaned from approximately three hundred resources in English, German, French, and Polynesian languages with the bulk extracted from a couple of fundamental assets that date normally within the 19th and early 20th centuries. the published resource fabrics for this quantity are totally defined and indexed through geographical workforce, together with Maori, cook dinner Islands, Tahitian, Marquesan, Hawaiian, Samoan, and Tongan. normal collections that retell the Polynesian tales also are surveyed. The entries are alphabetically prepared by means of significant mythological determine; lesser characters will be positioned within the index. brief bibliographical citations--author, date, and web page number--are integrated on the finish of every major access to direct readers to fuller info inside the published resources. An appendix presents beneficial supplemental details on Polynesian gods and goddesses. This dictionary is certain to turn into a simple reference device for libraries, scholars, and students of Pacific background and tradition, in addition to for classes in mythology, faith, and philosophy.

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