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Traditions and Legends of the Polynesians

TitleTraditions and Legends of the Polynesians
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1920
AuthorsWaddoups, Wm. M.
MagazineImprovement Era
Issue Number12
Date PublishedOctober 1920
KeywordsGodhead; Hagoth; Mythology; Old Testament; Polynesia

This article describes Hawaiian myths that resemble biblical myths. The writer asserts that they have myths of the Old Testament and not the New Testament because “Hagoth and his company, from whom we believe the Polynesian islanders originate, sailed from the Northern part of South America.” Polynesians have a legend of a visit from one of the gods who promised he would return. The islanders mistook Captain Cook for the god Lono.