Pele, Volcano Goddess of Hawai'i: A History (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Sep 29, 2011 - History - 249 pages
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When the first Europeans arrived in the Hawaiian Islands in 1778, the volcano goddess Pele was the central deity of a complex religion in the volcano districts of Hawai'i Island. While native Hawaiians were quickly converted to Christianity, Pele remained remarkably relevant as a deity. This book is a critical biography of the volcano goddess, as well as a history of her religion. Topics covered include the ongoing belief in Pele, her popular manifestations, her ceremonies, her new cultural roles and her current status in Hawai'i.
  

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Trying to read this felt so much like a chore that, in the end, I had to give up. The author couldn't seem to decide upon a target audience. The pages were littered with footnotes that could easily ... Read full review

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Pele, Volcano Goddess of Hawai'i: A History is overall a wonderful resource for those interested in or studying less mainstream mythologies. I first learned about Pele when I was doing a project on ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
1 The Traditional Pele Literature
5
2 Pele and Hiiaka
41
3 The Traditional Pele Religion
76
4 PostContact Encounters with Pele
103
5 PostContact Ceremonies for Pele
129
6 Peles New and Ongoing Roles
158
7 The Pele Religion in Contemporary Hawaii
178
Appendix A
197
Appendix B
203
Appendix C
208
Source Notes
211
Bibliography
221
Index
235
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About the author (2011)

Cultural anthropologist H. Arlo Nimmo has published eight books and dozens of articles. He is professor emeritus of anthropology at California State University East Bay and lives in San Francisco.

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