The Kumulipo: A Hawaiian Creation Chant

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Martha Warren Beckwith
University of Hawaii Press, 1981 - Social Science - 257 pages
"A rare find in ancient Hawaiian literature, a Hawaiian composition not only rich in its poetic power but an authentic source of information concerning pre-European Hawaiian religion, mythology, and way of life... Beckwith rightly compares it to the Greek creation chants and Genesis in the Bible." --Pacific Islands Monthly The Kumulipo is the sacred creation chant of a family of Hawaiian alii, or ruling chiefs. Composed and transmitted entirely in the oral tradition, its 2000 lines provide an extended genealogy proving the family's divine origin and tracing the family history from the beginning of the world.
 

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Contents

THE PROSE NOTE
7
RANK IN HAWAII II
11
THE FIRSTBORN SON AND THE TABOO
15
LONG OF THE tXlAKAHlKl
19
CAPTAIN COOK AS LONG
22
Two DYNASTIES
25
THE CHANT
33
THE MASTER OF SONG
35
THE DOG CHILD
89
THE DAWN OF DAY
94
THE WOMAN WHO SAT SIDEWAYS
99
THE FLOOD
107
THE WOMAN WHO BORE CHILDREN THROUGH THE BRAIN
110
PAPA AND WAKEA
117
THE DEDICATION
137
HAWAIIAN ACCOUNTS OF CREATION
153

PROLOGUE TO THE NIGHT WORLD
42
THE REFRAIN OF GENERATION
50
BIRTH OF SEA AND LAND LIFE
55
THE WORLD OF INFANCY
61
WINGED LIFE
68
THE CRAWLERS
75
THE NIGHTDIGGER
80
THE NIBBLERS
85
OTHER POLYNESIAN ACCOUNTS OF CREATION
160
CEREMONIAL BIRTH CHANTS IN POLYNESIA
175
CONCLUSION
181
THE KALAKAUA TEXT
187
TEXTUAL NOTES
241
REFERENCES
253
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