Creation in motion. That is how one Hawaiian resident describes the goddess Pele’s motion. The earth’s crimson blood issuing into the sky, creating new landmasses and altering the planet itself, washing it anew. It is without delay a means of renewal and purification, and from the start of time, her pressure has been, and all the time will likely be, unstoppable. Her house is at Halemaumau Crater, Wahi Kapu o Pele (The Sacred Home of Pele) within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, though her affect spreads worldwide. Also known as Pelehonuamea, “ She who shapes the Sacred Land ,” believers in her presence maintain her in awe. And even those that don’t imagine such a goddess resides on Hawaii’s principal island nonetheless behold the volcano’s magnificence and artistic and harmful forces with reverence.
Pele by David Howard Hitchcock (c. 1929) ( Public Domain )
Testimonials to Pele
The final main eruption occurred in 1932, however Pele is consistently in movement and there are numerous smaller eruptions which might be typically not reported exterior of Hawaii. The principal island itself has few cities, and even these cities could be higher labeled as cities by outsiders. In a current interview, one Hawaiian resident describes what had occurred to him throughout a little-reported minor eruption a number of many years in the past. His house is simply exterior of Hilo, between that hub metropolis and Hakalau. “ I was sitting on the porch when I first felt it. The ground started to tremble, and that is when I knew she was angry. About a mile away from our place I saw a fissure burst and lava extended what looked like a mile high into the sky and threw rocks and debris all over. Then I saw the flow start toward the house, eating everything in its path. The fumes killed animals and insects, and the nearby grasses and then bushes ignited before the lava even reached them. The fires spread to the trees and then homes, and when the lava finally came through, it wiped out everything in its path, including our home and all our possessions. We watched from a distance as it all burned away, and when it was finally safe to return, we examined the damage and found one patch of land about an acre in size, and within that patch was a living dog, whom we took in and named Lucky. Hence, Pele gives and Pele takes. That is why she is to be respected, and if anyone is going to visit her, they must bring a gift .”
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DR. KEN JEREMIAH has written a number of books about religions, mummification, and spirituality, together with Living Buddhas, Christian Mummification, Eternal Remains. Making Millions: A 500-Year-Old Kabbalist’s Guide to Conquering Chance, and Zen Art, Zen Writing Daily Meditations for Improving your Craft and Finding Joy in Life and Creatures Real and Imaginary in Chinese and Japanese Art: An Identification Guide and Remnants from a Distant Past
Top Image : Hawaiian ladies dancing in entrance of volcano ( Julia Held / Adobe Stock )
By: Ken Jeremiah