[Book Reviews]


    IN his preface Mr. Andersen admits that in the field of Polynesian mythology his personal gleaning has been small. He came too late in the field. He has accordingly availed himself freely of the work of Grey, of Percy Smith, and particularly of Elsdon Best, to name some only of those to whom he makes full acknowledgment. His own contribution to this survey is a running commentary and an abstract of legends not cited in full, which makes his book a survey of and guide to Polynesian tradition, culture, and belief. It is prefaced by a few general remarks on the physical character and languages and present conditions of the Polynesian which, brief as they are, give some background for the main theme of the book.

    Myths and Legends of the Polynesians.

    By Johannes C. Andersen. Pp. 512 + 48 plates. (London, Bombay and Sydney: George G. Harrap and Co., Ltd., 1928.) 21s. net.

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    [Book Reviews]. Nature 123, 46 (1929). https://doi.org/10.1038/123046b0

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