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Pele: Hawaiian Volcano Goddess

Pele: Hawaiian Volcano Goddess

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Published by Lilitu Babalon
A short article about the Hawaiian Volcano Goddess, Pele
A short article about the Hawaiian Volcano Goddess, Pele

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Published by: Lilitu Babalon on Dec 02, 2010
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Pele:VolcanoGoddessofHawaii"TheHawaiianshadseveralimagesoftheafterlife...Thehighestoftheseafterworldswasinaflamingcrateratthetopofthemountainofthevolcano-goddessPele,wheretherewasnopain,onlysheerdelight."JosephCampbell,PrimitiveMythologyPeleisjustoneofanumberofVolcanoGoddesses.InHawaiisheisGoddessofMountKilauea,astill-activevolcano.Duringthe1950s,whenchristianmissionarieswerebusyconvertingthepeopletochristianity,prayerstoPeleprecededthestoppingoflavaattheedgeofvillages.ThepeoplestillknewwhichchantsandgiftswouldpleasePele."Ofalltheworld'sGoddesses,Peleisoneofthefewstilllivinginthebeliefofherpeople,notasametaphor,butasametaphysicalreality,towhomofferingsarestillmadewhenvolcaniceruptionsthreatenHawaiiantowns."1InHawaiipeoplehavereportedseeinganoldwomanwhoasksforacigarette,lightsitwithasnapofherfingersanddisappears.Othershaveseenared-robedwomandancingontherimsofthefierymountains.ThereareanumberoflegendsofPele.Inoneherpeoplesay,whenPelewasyoungthecentreoftheearthglowedwithherloveliness,andshewascontentforamillionyearstoliveinHerhouseinthecentre.Untiloneday,whenPelewalkedtotheedgeandmetOcean."Pele,mayIcomein,"hesaid.Pelewouldnotlethiminbutgradually,afterseveralmeetings,PeleandOceanbegantoknoweachother,andafierylovebegantoglowinHerheart.Finally,asOceanpleadedonemoretimeforPeletolethimintoherhouseofflames,ShecurledHerfingersintotheedgesofacrackandpulleditwideforhistoenter.OceanfellintoHerarms.ThiswasthebeginningofthemarriageofPeleandOcean.SomesaythatlavaistheoffspringofPeleandOcean."ItisthefireofPelethatmakesitredhot,andthewaterofOceanthatmakesitflowlikeamightyriver."2AnotherlegendtellsthatPele,thedaughteroftheearth-GoddessHaumea,spentherchildhoodwatchingandmakingfires,andthisdidnotpleasetheseaGoddessNamaka.AftercausingtroubleinHermother'shomelandaftertoyingwiththeUnderworldfires,Pele'smothertoldhertofindahomeofherown.NamakatrailedPeleonhersearch,furiousatthemayhemcausedbyPeleintheirhomeland."OceanandFiremetinaterrificbrawl,andPelegottheworstofit,risinglikeasteamyspiritfromthefray.Nolongerembodied,ShedisappearedintotheHawaiianvolcanoes..."3PelewashonouredinHawaiiastheessenceofearthlyfireandanotherstorytellsofherfierysexuality.PelefellinlovewithayoungmancalledLohiau.Sheembodiedherselfinhumanfleshandseducedhim,spendingthreedaysmakinglovebeforeshedecidedtoreturntohervolcanos.PelestilldesiredLohiauandgavehersisterHiiakathegiftofmagickandsenthertofetchhim.Throughmanytrialsandtribulations,HiiakafulfilledHertask,andreturnedtoPelewithHerlover.Pelehoweverwasajealousspirit,andwhilehersisterwasjourneying,hadconvincedherselfofherinfidelity.ShehasscourchedHiiaka'sbeautifulgardensandkilledthepoetHopoeinHerfury.HiiakamadelovetoLohiauthenandthereontherimofthecrater.Peleburnedhimtodeathbutcouldnotharmherimmortalsister.HiiakafledtotheUnderworldtofreeLohiau'ssoul,deepintotheplacewheretheriversofchaoswereheldbackbyagate.HiiakaknewthatthefloodingoftheworldwouldextinguishPeleandherfurybutherconsciencekeptherfromdoingsuchadeed.

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