Pele, Volcano Goddess of Hawai'i: A History
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - allthesepieces - LibraryThing
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