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Les généalogies polynésiennes, une mise en récit du monde sociocosmique, de son origine, et de son ordre

Abstract : One of the characteristics of Polynesian societies is the importance, in their oral traditions, of genealogical recitations. Some may extend over a hundred generations. Those of eminent leaders or major social groups are often embedded in cosmological discourses within which natural forces are presented as ancestors. Conversely, it is often in a genealogical form that ancient Polynesian cosmogonies are told. This study of various Polynesian genealogical narratives, conducted mainly from examples from Tonga, the Marquesas Islands and Hawai’i, reveals some main characteristics of these societies. Very often sacred and poetic, their genealogies are also social and historical constructs which reinforce the socio-cosmological order and, in many cases, legitimize the position of social groups capable of asserting their pre-eminence.
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Sophie Chave-Dartoen, Bruno Saura. Les généalogies polynésiennes, une mise en récit du monde sociocosmique, de son origine, et de son ordre. Cahiers de Littérature Orale, Presses de l'Inalco, 2018, Le récit généalogique, pp.89-122. ⟨10.4000/clo.5383⟩. ⟨halshs-02483193⟩

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