Pele, Volcano Goddess of Hawai'i: A History

Pele, Volcano Goddess of Hawai'i: A History

by H. Arlo Nimmo

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Pele, Volcano Goddess of Hawai'i: A History by H. Arlo Nimmo

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786463473
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/29/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 249
Sales rank: 751,853
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

1. The Traditional Pele Literature 5

2. Pele and Hi‘iaka 41

3. The Traditional Pele Religion 76

4. Post-Contact Encounters with Pele 103

5. Post-Contact Ceremonies for Pele 129

6. Pele’s New and Ongoing Roles 158

7. The Pele Religion in Contemporary Hawai‘i 178

Appendix A: Siblings of Pele 197

Appendix B: Places in the Hawaiian Islands Visited by Pele 203

Appendix C: Epithets for Pele 208

Source Notes 211

Bibliography 221

Index 235

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