- A subdivision of Oceania or the Pacific Islands (along with Micronesia and Melanesia), including islands in a vast triangular area of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii, New Zealand, and Rapa Nui (Easter Island), that does not always refer to clear cultural or geographical distinctions. Claims have been made that shamans can be identified in traditional cultures throughout the region but are complicated by controversy about the projection of neo-shamanic interpretations onto ritualists and healers of various kinds. Claims about Hawaiian shamanism are particularly fraught.
Historical dictionary of shamanism. Graham Harvey and Robert J. Wallis. 2007.
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Polynesia — (from Greek: πολύς many , νῆσος island ) is a subregion of Oceania, comprising a large grouping of over 1,000 islands scattered over the central and southern Pacific Ocean. DefinitionPolynesia is generally defined as the islands within the… … Wikipedia
Polynesia — 1766, Latinization of Fr. polynésie, coined 1756 by de Brosses from Gk. polys many (see POLY (Cf. poly )) + nesos island (see CHERSONESE (Cf. Chersonese)). Related: Polynesian … Etymology dictionary
Polynesia — [päl΄i nē′zhə, päl΄ə nē′shə] [ModL < Gr poly , POLY + nēsos, island + IA] a major division of the Pacific islands east of the 180th meridian, including Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, the Society Islands, the Marquesas Islands, etc.: cf. MELANESIA … English World dictionary
Polynesia — /pol euh nee zheuh, sheuh/, n. one of the three principal divisions of Oceania, comprising those island groups in the Pacific lying E of Melanesia and Micronesia and extending from the Hawaiian Islands S to New Zealand. * * * Island group,… … Universalium
POLYNESIA — is the collective name of all the islands of the Pacific of coral or volcanic origin. These South Sea islands are scattered, isolated, or more usually in groups over a stretch of ocean 7000 m. from N. to S. and 6000 from E. to W.; with the… … The Nuttall Encyclopaedia
Polynesia — geographical name the islands of the central & S Pacific including Hawaii, the Line, Phoenix, Tonga, Cook, & Samoa islands, Tuvalu, Easter Island, French Polynesia, & often New Zealand … New Collegiate Dictionary
Polynesia — Pol|y|ne|si|a the islands in the central and southern Pacific Ocean, including the Hawaiian islands, Tonga, Samoa, and the islands of French Polynesia … Dictionary of contemporary English
Polynesia — /pɒləˈniʒə/ (say poluh neezhuh) noun one of the three principal divisions of Oceania, comprising those island groups in the Pacific lying east of Melanesia and Micronesia, and extending from the Hawaiian Islands south to New Zealand. It includes… … Australian English dictionary
Polynesia — noun the islands in the eastern part of Oceania • Members of this Region: ↑taboo, ↑tabu, ↑kava, ↑kavakava, ↑Austronesia • Instance Hypernyms: ↑archipelago • Part Holonyms: ↑ … Useful english dictionary
Polynesia — noun Part of Oceania including Easter Island, Hawaii, New Zealand, and most of the islands between them. See Also: Polynesian … Wiktionary