Mythology of the South Seas

Explaining the World Through Mythology: Tales of Far-Away Lands and Long-Ago Times

Presented by Sharonah Fredrick, Assistant Director, ACMRS

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:30pm
Southeast Regional Library - Gilbert
775 N. Greenfield Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234
Free and open to the public

Registration Required

The South Sea, as it was known by the Spanish and Portuguese mariners of the Renaissance, is the matrix for cultures which traversed greater distances in star-guided outrigger canoes, more so than any European or Asian expedition had till that time. The heroes of the Polynesian, Melanesian and Micronesian peoples, such as Hota Mantua, connect cultures as distant as Chile’s Easter Island with the Maori cultures of New Zealand. Legends of lost continents, such as the Englishman James Churchward’s fictional tale of Mu, Humanity’s lost homeland, will be analyzed in light of the legends of the Pacific peoples themselves, and their connections with Asian and Incan Indian stories from as far away as Japan and Peru, and in light of the jumble of stories brought by the long ships of the Age of Exploration.