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Manu narratives of Polynesia: a comparative study of birds in 300 traditional Polynesian stories

  title={Manu narratives of Polynesia: a comparative study of birds in 300 traditional Polynesian stories},
  author={Raphael Richter-Gravier},
In all traditional Polynesian societies, birds engaged humans’ imagination with their songs, their colours and their power of flight, especially because of the absence of large land mammals in Polynesia. Manu (‘birds’ in most Polynesian languages) were also very powerful symbols. This thesis aims to offer a comparative study of the role of birds in traditional Polynesian narratives and to find commonalities between stories from different Polynesian island groups, in order to provide, through… 
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