For the Roadrunners original post ...
For the Extended Comment carrying their comment as a stimulus for this post...
My apologies for taking a few days to answer. I had a DVD/CD project taking more time than expected and am now catching up on comments. My reply to your comment had some links so I created a new post to share them.
I think you have been able to identify the key similarities when we look at native cultures around the world. They have connections to nature and animals in a way our western culture seems to have forgotten. How could it be any other way when they only had what was in their environment in which to survive?
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Maoris and volcanoes
You may already know a little about one part of Polynesian culture, the Hawaiian people. They believed in Pele
Pele is the goddess fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes. I have done a little research into the Maoris' beliefs.
The first link gives some information about the Maoris around Rotorua (very popular place for tourists to visit) and their traditional stories...
The first three help with traditional stories, i.e. "Creation", "Ngatoroirangi" and"How the fire demons brought geothermal to New Zealand"
Another link is...
This link has some modern explanations along with brief recounts of traditional stories.
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