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This literary treasure provides one of the earliest glimpses into pre-colonial Hawaaiin culture.This book, one of six written by Dr. Westervelt, is a fascinating compilation of Hawaiian legends and historical tales. The origins of the Hawaiian people, the demi-god Maui's search for immortality for mankind, the coming of Captain Cook, the wars of King Kamehameha, as well as other aspects of Hawaii's incredible history fill its pages. Librarians, students, collectors, and anyone who enjoys reading about ancient Hawaii will delight in Hawaiian Historical Legends. Dr. Westervelt is one of the best-known raconteurs of Hawaiian stories.Hawaiian Historical Legends presents a variety of stories both legendary and historical. The author also considers the question of Polynesian origins and the speculative subject of Spanish visitants.Other titles n this series on Hawaii include: Hawaiian Legends of Ghosts and Ghost Gods, and Hawaiian Legends of Old Honolulu Hawaiian Legends of Volcanoes.
"...Of special value to all who are concerned with the study of comparative folklore... an entertaining dip into Hawaiian mythology...For all who enjoy or who study folklore, the republican of these books will be welcomed."--South China Morning PostHawaiian Legends of Ghost and Ghost-Gods is a series of richly entertaining Hawaiian tales. The legends of the Hawaiian Islands are as diverse as those of any there region in the world. At the same time, although Hawaiian mythology follows the laws upon which all myths are constructed; these legends are entirely distinct in form and thought from those of European origin. Often, of course, there historical foundation that has been n dealt with fancifully and enlarged to miraculous proportions.In addition to creating an abundance of attractive nature myths and cycle of legends recounting the exploits of the wonder-working demigod a magically entertaining series of tales about ghost and ghost-gods, and it was from this group of legends that W.D. Westervelt collected and translated the ones that make up the present volume.
"A richly entertaining series of Hawaiian tales with explanatory facts, which will delight and inform both the folklore fan and the general reader. Until now, long out of print."--The Honolulu AdvertiserIn bringing together this collection of Hawaiian legends, the author of this little book has conferred a great favor upon all those residents of Hawaii and of those visitors to its shores who pay take an interest in its original inhabitants, once an exceedingly numerous people, but now a scattering remnant only. To that native race this little book will be at once a joy and a sorrow; to the heart of the Haole, who has lived among them, known them intimately for thirty years or more and learned to love them, this collection of the legends of old Honolulu brings a warm "Aloha!"
"A richly entertaining series of Hawaiian tales with explanatory facts, which will delight and inform both the folklore fan and the general reader..." -The Honolulu AdvertiserHawaiian Legends of Volcanoes made its first appearance in 1916, in both American and British editions, as the third in a series that represented a pioneering study of Hawaiian folklore. The rich tradition of Hawaiian legends is showcased in it's purest form, making this an essential read for anyone living in Hawaii who wants to understand the local culture or anyone interested in classical folklore. The book also includes a study of Hawaiian geology, which is essential to understanding how the Hawaiian religion and classical Hawaiian stories developed.Legends and stories include: Ai-Au, The Forest Eater Pele and the Owl Ghost-God Hiiaka's Battle with the Demons The Annihiation of Keoua's Army Kapiolani and Pele and many more...Other volumes in the series about Hawaiian culture and history are Hawaiian Legends of Ghosts and Ghost-Gods and Hawaiian Legends of Old Honolulu.
The material in these retellings drawn from the prose and poetry of the ancient Hawaiians -- a literature handed down orally for a multitude of generations-- have been termed "myths" and "legends." Strictly speaking, a myth is a story of the doings of godlike beings, whereas a legend deals with heroes or other human beings. Maui, the pervasive trickster-hero of broad Polynesia, is usually called a demi-god. In this anthology, the terms myth and legend are used interchangeably, principally because the many collectors and translators of the tales often failed to make the strict distinction themselves.
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