The Oceania concept of space involves facing the mountains
or the ocean. Sunrise and sunset symbolize the sacred and secular
The dead are not thought to disappear. Polynesians have a
methodical and classifiable spirit system with which to define
life and death. In contrast, Melanesians believe in spirits
without fixed images. The faith in mana and the concept of taboos
commonly seen in Polynesia maintain the status of the noble
Dwellings and Culture (1'26")
Oceania, the family dwelling is considered endowed with vitality.
Its expansion suggests trunks and branches. The
arrangements of dwellings and villages resemble social functions
and can usually be seen as an epitome of the universe.