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Octopus, at the heart of the Polynesian myth
Beyond the simple cephalopod, the octopus (fe'e, feke, heke or 'eke) is the most important animal of the Polynesian myth of the world creation and the symbol of the link that unites all the Polynesian islands. Its Polynesian name is symbolically found in the words designating the canoe and the journey. As for its 8 tentacles, they symbolize the 8 routes connecting all the islands of Polynesia to Raiatea (Tahiti).
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