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Offerings to Pele

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While visiting the big Island of Hawaii with my friend Andrea, we decided to take an airplane ride over the latest volcano eruptions. These were very dramatic and they made a big impression on me.

Later I had a vision of some kind of offering and these became flowers as offerings to Pele. The Hawaiians were long known to give offerings to the “goddess of the volcanoes” to appease her anger. The flowers fall from the basket and form circles around the lava fountain. Inside the fountain Pelé herself can be seen, laughing.

In the Hawaiian religion, Pele is the goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes. She is a popular figure in many stories of ancient Hawaii known as Hawaiian mythology. Ka wahine ʻai honua (“the earth-eating woman”) is an epithet for the goddess.space-t

 

SKU: AA191210
Title: Offerings to Pele
Subject: Volcano Goddess
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Completed: 1986
Pieces: One
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Style: Visionary
Colors: Blue, Orange
Signed: Yes
Frame: n/a
Purchase: Giclee, Other

space-tPele is also known for her creative power, passion, purpose, and profound love. She has numerous siblings, including Kāne Milohai, Kamohoalii, Nāmaka and 13 sisters . They are usually considered to be the offspring of Haumea. Her home is believed to be the fire pit called Halemaʻumaʻu crater, at the summit caldera of Kīlauea, one of the Earth’s most active volcanoes; but her domain encompasses all volcanic activity on the Big Island of Hawaii. Every incident with a volcanic eruption in Hawaii it is said to be Pele’s way of expressing her longing to be with her true love, in many stories a young chief named Lohiau, but she’s a fickle and dangerous lover who sometimes kills her husbands.

 

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