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Legends of Gods and Ghosts (Hawaiian Mythology) Collected and Translated from the Hawaiian by William Drake Westervelt

Legends of Gods and Ghosts (Hawaiian Mythology) Collected and Translated from the Hawaiian by William Drake Westervelt

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"Out of this rich material Mr. Westervelt makes an interesting book. Most persons never outgrow fairy stories, and these have novelty and the glamor that we associate with far-off tropical Polynesia." -Boston Transcript

"Mr. W. D. Westervelt has lived for many years in the Hawaiian Islands, and this interpretation of Hawaiian mythology shows a depth of sympathy commensurable with that of Lafcadio Hearn for the Japanese. Some of the stories, as for example the last in the volume, 'The bride from the under-world,' are told with spirit and charm." -The Dial

"Not only to the anthropologist but to the general reader as well these myths have their appeal, and the debt to the Mr. Westervelt for collecting and translating them is far from small." -Springfield Republican

"These legends exhibit surprising variety of subject matter and treatment, from pure nature myth with delicacy of coloring and vividness of imagination, to gruesome tales of cannibal dogs and cannibal ghosts, of shark-gods and dragon-goddesses. This interesting and valuable collection forms a continuation of a previous volume, 'Legends of Old Honolulu.'" -The Sewanee Review

"The mythology of Hawaii follows the laws upon which all myths are constructed. The islanders have developed some beautiful nature myths. Certain phenomena have been observed and the imagination has fitted the story to the interesting object which has attracted attention." -Boston Transcript

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

I. The Ghost of Wahaula Temple

II. Maluae and the Under-world

III. A Giant's Rock-throwing

IV. Kalo-eke-eke, the Timid Taro

V. Legendary Canoe-making

VI. Lau-ka-ieie

VII. Kauhuhu, the Shark God of Molokai

VIII. The Shark-man of Waipio Valley

IX. The Strange Banana Skin

X. The Old Man of the Mountain

XI. Hawaiian Ghost Testing

XII. How Milu became the King of Ghosts

XIII. A Visit to the King of Ghosts

XIV. Kalai-pahoa, the Poison-god

XV. Ke-ao-mele-mele, the Maid of the Golden Cloud

XVI. Puna and the Dragon

XVII. Ke-au-nini

XVIII. The Bride from the Under-world

Appendix:

The Deceiving of Kewa

Homeless and Desolate Ghosts

Aumakuas, or Ancestor-ghosts 8

The Dragon Ghost-gods 5

Chas. R. Bishop

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