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Titre du document / Document title

Legend and history : Did the Vanuatu-Tonga kava trade cease in A.D. 1447 ?

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

LUDERS D. ;

Résumé / Abstract

This paper has two purposes. One is to propose that myths and legends were, sometimes at least, historical records clothed in layers of allegory. The other is to demonstrate this by interpretation of legends recorded by Firht on Tikopia in 1928. These legends appear to record that there was a trade in kava between Vanuatu and Tonga which terminated in the mid-fifteenth century, perhaps in A.D. 1447, five years before the explosion of the island of Kuwae in A.D. 1452. The technical information on the origin of Kava and the data on the volcanic explosion of the island of Kuvae in central Vanuatu are vital for the analysis of such legends. Other information, relating to the ethnology of Vanuatu, also contribute to the interpretation

Revue / Journal Title

Journal of the Polynesian Society    ISSN  0032-4000 

Source / Source

1996, vol. 105, no3, pp. 287-310 (1 p.1/4)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

Polynesian Society, Auckland, NOUVELLE-ZELANDE  (1892) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Origin

;

Plant

;

Kava

;

Domestication

;

Exchange

;

Exchange channel

;

Polynesia

;

Vanuatu

;

Tonga

;

Myth

;

Legend

;

Allegory

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Metaphor

;

History

;

Comparison

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Record

;

Storyteller

;

Informer

;

Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Origine

;

Plante

;

Kava

;

Domestication

;

Echange

;

Circuit d'échange

;

Polynésie

;

Vanuatu

;

Tonga

;

Mythe

;

Légende

;

Allégorie

;

Métaphore

;

Histoire

;

Comparaison

;

Enregistrement

;

Conteur

;

Informateur

;

Codification

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Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 23856, 35400006653472.0020

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 2886477



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