Wooden statues of ancient gods, Hawaii 1980

Childs, Iraphne R. (1980) Wooden statues of ancient gods, Hawaii 1980. [Image]

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Wooden statues of Hawaiian gods standing guard over the reconstructed Hale o Keawe Heiau (temple) at Puuhonua O Honaunau (City of Refuge). Ancient laws of Hawaiian society and culture were very strict. The penalty for breaking a kapu (taboo) was death, but if a transgressor could reach a puuhonua (refuge) he or she could be absolved by a kahuna (priest) in a purification ceremony and return home forgiven. The Puuhonu O Honaunau on the Big Island of Hawaii is the most famous and best preserved of the Places of Refuge. Now a major tourist attraction.

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Item Type: Image
Collection: Asia-Pacific Images: 1970s-1990s
Keywords: statues; gods
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 13:02
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2014 19:38
Copyright Owner: Copyright Iraphne R. Childs.
CountryState or RegionCity or TownPlace
United StatesHawaiiHonaunau-NapoopooPuuhonua City of Refuge
URI: http://digitalcollections.qut.edu.au/id/eprint/151
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