Mythes, astronomie, découpage du temps et navigation traditionnelle : l’héritage océanien contenu dans les mots de la langue tahitienne

Abstract : How did the Tahitians conceptualize the skies in order to create their own instrument of astronomy? Traditions provide explanations in the form of cosmogony stories. They can entice or by no means are they considered scientific evidence. Astronomy has supported theories that give today a certain seriousness or rationality.Cosmogony began the day when man inquired about its environment and its origins. To fully understand, they asked those that have travelled in the past, recollecting descriptions of what they had seen and heard from faraway places.The curiosity of Tahitians has pushed them to travel beyond the horizon having only faith in the words of their ancestors. The answers can be found within the mythical recitals by understanding the vocabulary used at the source of intellectual symbols. Without a doubt, the approach of a linguist is necessary.In Tahitian cosmogony, the God Ta'aroa created the world. The sky was attached to the earth and in order to separate them; he used ten pillars "Pou", that are marked by stars in the sky called "'Anā". Celestial bodies move across the dome sky by following pathways called "Rua" and each pathway is highlighted by a dominant star called "Ta'urua". This conceptualization of the sky gave Tahitians a remarkable instrument for measuring space and time. The lexicon of astronomy terms numbers nearly two hundred. Understanding them leads one to discover their ancient science.
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Claude Teriierooiterai. Mythes, astronomie, découpage du temps et navigation traditionnelle : l’héritage océanien contenu dans les mots de la langue tahitienne. Littératures. Université de la Polynésie Française, 2013. Français. ⟨NNT : 2013POLF0003⟩. ⟨tel-01481871⟩

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