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Hawaiian Mythology

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published February 1st 1977 by Univ of Hawaii Pr (first published 1940)
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Alissa Bach
I interloaned this from my local library thinking it would be a fun read. For the record, I love mythology. Especially that which is non-Greek (which is overdone, although still cool). Plus, I'd just returned from a 10-day visit to Hawaii. I've been interested in culture and customs of Hawaii since that social studies unit in first grade. So... A good choice in books, right?

Not so much.

What I was hoping for was a quick, easy to read volume about the gods and godesses of Hawaii. Stories. Legends.
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Brent
Nov 06, 2008 Brent rated it it was ok
Shelves: research
Although this book contained exhaustive examples and research, it was poorly organized in places.
Colin
Jan 05, 2013 Colin rated it liked it
This is not a book I could read from cover to cover. I have found it most useful as an index to stories in Fornander's collection of Hawaiian folklore. This book still seems to be a standard reference, and given its ubiquity in Hawaiian bookstores (especially those aimed at tourist trade) it is itself now something of an anthropological artifact. As I have read and reread it, though, I have come to appreciate the difficulty of its task, and the skill with which it compiles stories from a variety ...more
Nate
Jul 16, 2008 Nate rated it it was ok
Textbook containing a lot of analysis and some mythology. Breaks down the structures of a very complex mythology. I would've liked to see more mythology and a little less academic process--sometimes you just have to trust the reader with the information and fill in the blanks when needed. Then again, it's a fucking textbook, so I really shouldn't be complaining. Still, nothing but a big sigh for this one.
Katherine
Jun 16, 2014 Katherine rated it liked it
A vintage academic work, which I read as background for an upcoming trip to Hawaii. It is not an easy read, but a good reference for sites, legends, etc.
Ria
Dec 27, 2015 Ria rated it liked it
It was FASCINATING but god it's so dense, this is one of those that works better as a reference book than trying to just read it straight through. As you can tell from the 5 months I spent on it.
Chris
Jul 26, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mythologies
The most thorough compendium of Hawaiian mythology outside of formal scholarly literature. A good library addition for anyone with interest in the Polynesian islands.
Linda
Nov 28, 2008 Linda rated it it was amazing
Most comprehensive and informative book on the subject of Hawaiian Mythology. Tremedous book.
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