Oceanic Mythologies: Australian Aborigine and Polynesian

Polynesian Creation and Flood Myths

Who are the Polynesian heroes?

As in the case of the Australian Aborigines and the Chinese, heroes are difficult to differentiate from deities in Polynesian mythology. There are, however, demigods or culture heroes who are sometimes depicted as gods, but sometimes seem to be clearly human. The most famous of these figures is Maui, who belongs to all Polynesians.


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