Hawaiian Mythology

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University of Hawaii Press, 1976 - Fiction - 571 pages
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Ku and Hina-man andwoman-were the great ancestral gods of heaven and earth for the ancientHawaiians. They were life's fruitfulness and all the generations of mankind, both those who are to come and those already born.

The Hawaiian gods werelike great chiefs from far lands who visited among the people, entering their dailylives sometimes as humans or animals, sometimes taking residence in a stone orwooden idol. As years passed, the families of gods grew and included thetrickster Maui, who snared the sun, and fiery Pele of the volcano.

Ancient Hawaiian lived bythe animistic philosophy that assigned living souls to animals, trees, stones, stars, and clouds, as well as to humans. Religion and mythology were interwovenin Hawaiian culture; and local legends and genealogies were preserved in song, chant, and narrative.

Martha Beckwith was thefirst scholar to chart a path through the hundreds of books, articles, andlittle-known manuscripts that recorded the oral narratives of the Hawaiianpeople. Her book has become a classic work of folklore and ethnology, and thedefinitive treatment of Hawaiian mythology.

With an introduction by Katherine Luomala.

 

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Contents

Coming of the Gods
1
Ku Gods
12
The God Lono
31
The Kane Worship
42
Kane and Kanaloa
60
Mythical Lands of the Gods
67
Lesser Gods
81
Sorcery Gods
105
Era of Overturning
314
Mu and Menehune People
321
Runners ManEaters DogMen
337
The MoikehaLaa Migration
352
Hawaiiloa and Paao Migrations
363
Ruling Chiefs
376
Usurping Chiefs
387
Kupua Stories
403

Guardian Gods
122
The Soul after Death
144
The Pele Myth
167
The Pele Sisters
180
Pele Legends
190
Kamapuaa
201
Hina Myths
214
Maui the Trickster
226
AikanakaKahai Cycle
238
WahieoloaLaka Cycle
259
Haumea
276
Papa and Wakea
293
Genealogies
307
Trickster Stories
430
Voyage to the Land of the Gods
448
Riddling Contests
455
The Kana Legend
464
The StretchingTree Kupua
478
Romance of the Swimmer
489
Romance of the Island of Virgins
498
Romances of MatchMaking
506
Romances of the Dance
519
Wooing Romances
526
References
545
Index
555
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