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The time of darkness : local legends and volcanic reality in Papua New Guinea

Blong, R. J.


In the highlands of Papua New Guinea there exist widespread legends concerning a 'Time of Darkness' in which there was no light and ash fell from the skies. The author investigates these legends and, in conjunction with measurement and analysis of the ash, which covers a large area of the highlands, determines that 300 years ago there was a cataclysmic volcanic eruption on Long Island and that the legends are essentially accurate accounts of this gigantic upheaval that is unrecorded in any...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 1982
Type: Book
Access Rights: Open Access


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