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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 50, To Watch over the People of the Islands—Oceania Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 50, To Watch over the People of the Islands—Oceania Summary and Analysis

The image of Goddess among the people of Australia and the Polynesian Pacific Islands can best be described as fiery. She is, of course, associated with volcanoes, but she is often depicted as having a fiery temperament. These Goddess accounts are rife with images of volcanic caves as the Goddess's womb. Half of the human spirit lives within the caves, guarded by the Goddess, while the other half lives within an earthly body. Once a person dies, the half-spirit returns to the cave to be reunited with its other half, and waits there to be reincarnated. Many of the legends highlight the Austroloid's contemplation of their lineage and origin, as well as spiritual concepts such as birth, death and the nature...

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