Polynesian and Irish Culture

Leslie Petiniot & Dustin ****
ENG 111
Paper #3-Polynesian Culture & Irish Culture

      When comparing the Polynesian and Irish cultures, there are many similarities as well as several differences.   From the origin of each culture, religion, traditional dance, and ceremonies/customs including local cuisine along with climate and traditional folklore/mythology and language, there are many interesting facts to learn.
      The Polynesian culture originated in South Pacific Polynesia, a triangular group of Central and South Pacific Ocean islands that were settled by indigenous people from parts of Southeast Asia including those of Taiwan, commonly referred to as Polynesian or South Pacific Islanders (Wikipedia).   Although there are many islands that form Polynesia, the best-known islands are Hawaii, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Cook Island, and Tahiti.   The islands were formed from volcanoes that erupted from the floor of the Pacific Ocean, now most of which are dormant.
In comparison, the Irish culture originated on the island of Ireland that lies in the Atlantic Ocean, it is composed of the Republic of Ireland (known as Ireland) and Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom); Ireland is known as the third largest island in Europe.   Although now an island, Ireland was mostly-ice covered and connected by land to Britain and Europe during the last ice age (Wikipedia).
      Likewise, in both Polynesian and Irish culture, religion is a very big part of life with Christianity being the dominant religion.   Although, in ancient times Celtic Polytheism was the most common religion practiced in Ireland, today nearly 85% of the population is Roman Catholic.   St. Patrick was said to introduce Irish people into Christianity.   He was kidnapped at the age of 16 and used as a sheepherder; however, at age 22, he escaped and began to spread the word of Christianity in Ireland (Ireland Story).
      On the contrary, in Polynesia, only 30% of the population practices the Roman...