Oceanic [mythology]

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Marshall Jones Company, 1916 - Folklore - 364 pages
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Part 5 (pp. 265-307) myths of origin and floods, cosmogony, fire, animals, diffusion of myths throughout Australia; briefly mentions Tasmanian mythology.

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Page 7 - The word became fruitful; It dwelt with the feeble glimmering; It brought forth night: The great night, the long night, The lowest night, the loftiest night, The thick night to be felt, The night to be touched, the night unseen.
Page 8 - It produced the atmosphere which is above us. The atmosphere which floats above the earth, The great firmament above us, The spreadout space dwelt with the early dawn, Then the moon sprang forth; The atmosphere above dwelt with the glowing sky, Forthwith was produced the sun, They were thrown up above as the chief eyes of Heaven: Then the Heavens became light, the early dawn, the early day, The mid-day. The blaze of day from the sky.
Page 31 - Up to this time, the vast Heaven has still ever remained separated from his spouse the Earth. Yet their mutual love still continues — the soft warm sighs of her loving bosom still ever rise up to him, ascending from the woody mountains and valleys, and men call these mists; and the vast Heaven, as he mourns through the long nights his separation from his beloved, drops frequent tears upon her bosom, and men seeing these, term them dewdrops.
Page 26 - Seeking, earnestly seeking in the gloom. Searching — yes on the coast line — on the bounds of night and day; looking into night. Xight had conceived the seed of night. The heart, the foundation of night, had stood forth self-existing even in the gloom.
Page 11 - Let there be one darkness above, Let there be one darkness below (alternate).
Page 7 - From the nothing, the begetting, From the nothing the increase From the nothing the abundance, The power of increasing, the living breath; It dwelt with the empty space, It produced the atmosphere which is above us.
Page 49 - Oh my son, I have heard from your mother and others that you are very valiant, and that you have succeeded in all feats that you have undertaken in your own country, whether they were small or great; but now that you have arrived in your father's country, you will, perhaps, at last be overcome.
Page 32 - Paia did likewise with his toko. . . . Then Raki floated upwards, and a shout of approval was uttered by those up above, who said, 'O Tu of the long face, lift up the mountain.' Such were the words shouted by the innumerable men (beings) from above in approval of the acts of Tane and Paia; but that burst of applause was mostly in recognition of Tane's having disconnected the heaven, and propped up its sides, and made them stable. He had stuffed up the cracks and chinks, so that Raki was completed...
Page 10 - It states, that soon after this, the heralds of day, the dark and the light blue sky, appeared before Taaroa, and solicited a soul for his offspring — the then inanimate universe. The foundation of all replied, It is done, and directed his son, the sky-producer, to accomplish his will. In obedience to the mandate of Taaroa, his son looked up into the heavens, and the heavens received the power of bringing forth new skies, and clouds, sun, moon, and stars, thunder, and lightning, rain, and wind.

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