Sharks

Shark gods in Hawaii come in two kinds. There are benevolent one that dont eat human meat, and malevolent ones that eat people. There is one particularly interesting story about a good (non-people eating) Shark god who fell in love with a beautiful girl, had a child with her (in his human form) and inContinue reading “Sharks”

Kanaloa (the god who became the devil)

The interesting thing about Kanaloa as a god is the fact that he also is a giant squid. And apparently his smell is also noteworthy, his long name meaning “Evil-Smelling Squid.” This makes an easy case for him to later be turned into the devil in opposition to Kane, sulfer and squid stink being ofContinue reading “Kanaloa (the god who became the devil)”

Mana Mana

In traditional Hawaiian beliefs, Mana is the spiritual energy of the world. The divine spark, the most important thing from which all in the worlds are made. My personal spiritual philosophy has this energy as the kind of divine awareness of which all living things are a part. This energy, in Hawaiian tradition, is whatContinue reading “Mana Mana”

The Fierce and Beautiful Pele

Pele is the goddess of volcanos and of lightening. A goddess with a back straight as a cliff and breasts round like the moon, she killed her true love by incineration with lava, when she decided that her sister’s journey to fetch him took too long. She tried to kill her sister Hiā€˜iaka too, butContinue reading “The Fierce and Beautiful Pele”

Hawaiian and Slavic Animism

In the early times of Slavic peoples as well as in the early days of Hawaiian settlement, the societies were animistic. They believed in the harmony and balance of all things, that the (specifically Hawaii) Mana which was the “divine spark” existed in all things, and there was no real separation between the divine andContinue reading “Hawaiian and Slavic Animism”