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LEGENDS OF THE SOUTH SEAS.  THE WORLD OF THE POLYNESIANS SEEN THROUGH THEIR MYTHS AND LEGENDS, POETRY AND ART., Alpers, Antony.

Author Name    Alpers, Antony.

Title   LEGENDS OF THE SOUTH SEAS. THE WORLD OF THE POLYNESIANS SEEN THROUGH THEIR MYTHS AND LEGENDS, POETRY AND ART.

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Very Good

Jacket Condition   Very Good

Edition   First Edition

Publisher   London John Murray 1970

ISBN Number    719519098

Seller ID   28015

416 pp, large 8vo (9" H). Blue/green cloth boards with gold lettering/decoration on spine, gold decoration on front board. Map endpapers, b&w photographs and reproductions. "Antony Alpers has tried to discard all preconceived ideas and re-enter the world of the Polynesians as it was before Cook's arrival in 1769. By reconstructing their legends, myths, folktales and poetry in an immediate and convincing style he has let them speak for themselves. And in a long introduction that is a masterly compression of the Polynesians' whole way of life he cuts away our illusions and leaves us not only face to face with the islanders but with the way they saw themselves and the jewelled archipelagos in which they lived and sailed." Contains a preface, introduction and note on pronunciation and spelling, followed by groups of legends under the following headings: The Creation; The Heroes; Seven Ages in Thirteen Chants; The Marquesas, and Mangareva; Easter Island; Hawaiian Islands; Tongan Group; Samoa; Atolls and Outliers; New Zealand and the Chathams; 'From Darkness to Light'. These are followed by 'Notes on the Text and Illustrations', 'References' and 'Glossary and Index'. Very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has slight edge browning, light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine, one small edge tear.

Adzes,  Atiu,  Birth,  Ceremonies,  Practices,  Bishop  Museum,  Honolulu,  Skin  Bleaching,  Blindness  Cures,  Boar  Chase,  British  Museum,  Sir  Peter  Buck,  Te  Rangi  Hiroa,  Cannibalism,  Man-Eating,  Canoes,  Nora  Kerr  Chadwick,  Chatham  Islands,  Cloaks,  Clubs,  Coconut  Trees,  Captain  James  Cook,  Creation,  Dancing,  Easter  Island,  Ehu,  K.P.  Emory,  S.H.  Elbert,  Fire,  Food,  Folklore,  Mythology,  Genealogies,  E.W.  Gifford,  W.  Wyatt  Gill,  Sir  George  Grey,  E.S.C.  Handy,  Willowdean  C.  Handy,  Havaiki,  Hawaiki,  Hawaii,  Teuira  Henry,  Hina,  Hine,  Hirawanu  Tapu,  William  Hodges,  Hongi,  Huahega,  Hotu  Matua,  Incest,  Io,  Kape,  Kapingamarangi,  Kava,  Kuhi,  Kura,  Living  Water  Tane,  Katharine  Luomala,  Mangareva,  Mangaia,  Manihiki,  Maori,  Marae  Renga,  Maro,  Marquesas,  Maui,  Migration,  Mitchell  Library,  Moai  Kavakava,  Paepae,  Navel  Cord,  Navigation,  New  Zealand,  J.M.  Orsmond,  Sydney  Parkinson,  Patupaiarehe,  Poetry,  Poko,  Polynesian  Society,  Rakahanga  Island,  Rarotonga,  Resuscitation,  Resurrection,  Rongorongo  Script,  Samoa,  Samoans,  Alexander  Shand,  Spirits,  J.F.  Stimson,  Surf  Riding,  Surfing,  Taboo,  Tapu,  Tahaki,  Tahiti,  Tane,  Tangaroa,  Tapa,  Bark  Cloth,  Taro,  Tattoos,  Richard  Taylor,  Teka,  Sika,  Ti'i,  Tikopia,  George  Tobin,  Tonga,  Tongans,  Tongiaki,  Totoie,  Tu,  Ure,  Penis,  Tu'u  Ko  Ihu,  John  Webber,  John  Williams,  Porapora,  Tuamotu,  Mangareva,  Tahaki,  Gods,  Eels,  Rata,  Children,  Warriors,  Chants,  Laments,  Onokura,  Whales,  Pele,  Hiva  Oa,  Ha'apai,  Savai'i,  Manu'a,  Women,  Widows,  Fishing. 

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