Oceanian Mythology refers to the mythology, belief system, traditions, folklore and myths associated with the various tribes and ancient civilizations along the islands of the Pacific and the Autralia – New Zealand landmass. The mythology of the Pacific region is complex and diverse. There are multiple gods and some are shared among various groups of islands, while others are specific to a single island.
There are many myths and legends in the Pacific. In the Hawaiian tradition, the creator of the world is referred to as Tangaroa, and he is often portrayed as a half-human, half-God. In the Melanesian tradition, the beginning of the world can be seen as a movement that will bring order out of chaos. In Micronesian mythology, female deities are also involved in rituals. In most Oceanic mythology, the concept of mana plays a fundamental role. Mana is seen as an impersonal, supernatural force that resides in a person, a natural object, or a place.
There are three major groups of myths in the Pacific: the Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian. These groups have their own unique characteristics, and they can all be easily categorized. Aboriginal and Maori mythology are also popular worldwide due to the prevalence and stature that native Australians and New Zealanders uphold their traditional values and culture.