To Polynesian Experts
Peter J Keegan
pkeegan at netlink.co.nz
Fri Feb 5 03:53:17 UTC 1999
At 12:16 5/02/99 +1100, Jeff Marck wrote:
>Polynesian languages. But the point may be generally valid, elder same-sex
>siblings being genealogically closer to the gods and having greater mana
>than their younger siblings.
This is not always true. Maui (in the New Zealand version of his activities)
gained greater mana than his tuakana through his various activities.
The word "mana" probably now means different things in New Zealand
Maori (& New Zealand English) compared to elsewhere in Polynesia.
Peter J Keegan,
Not a Polynesian Expert, but a Polynesian nevertheless -
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