Myths and Legends of the Pacific

Myths and Legends of the Pacific

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The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest ocean in the world, covering nearly one-third of the earth's surface and containing more than half of its seawater. The Pacific Ocean contains more than 10,000 islands, some of which are only a few feet across and barely appear above the water, while others are huge land masses soaring up to volcanic mountains many thousands of feet in height. Thousands of years ago, bold brown-skinned sailors left their homeland and slowly began to make their way from one group of islands to another in their canoes. By planned voyages, and sometimes as castaways who were swept out to sea in their fishing boats, these men and women made their homes on the islands of the Pacific. Wherever they went they took with them the tales of their homeland. These were changed through the centuries, and other stories were added. This is a collection of tales from as far away as the Hawaiian Islands in the north and New Zealand in the far south. They are full of sunshine, of the love of nature and of the independence of these happy people. This book is a redesigned edition of A.W. Reed's original 1969 publication.
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  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 140 x 215mm
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Ill.
  • 0790007398
  • 9780790007397

Table of contents

Caroline Islands - The mouse who was hungry Cook Islands - The gift of the eel god Chatham Islands -- The sea monster Fiji - The giant bird, The spirit-that-changes-people Hawaii - The little people of Hawaii, The goddess of the volcano Marshall Islands - The first sail Nauru - Young spider in the sky New Britain - The wise brother and the foolish brother New Guinea - How the turtle got its shell, The anake and the cockatoo New Zealand - The Sky Father and the Earth Mother, The sea fairies, Hinemoa and Tutanekai Niue - The woman who was swallowed by a whale Palau Islands - The boy who came from the sun egg Samoa - The sandpiper and the crab Solomon Islands - The foolish canoe paddlers, Why the moon has a dirty face Tahiti - The children who became stars Tonga - How Maui brought fire to Tonga Vanuatu - Six men who tried to catch a sunbeam
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