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Islanders Embracing the Universe: The Influence of Volcanic Island Environment on Antithesis and Synthesis in Hawaiian Oral Tradition

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Title: Islanders Embracing the Universe: The Influence of Volcanic Island Environment on Antithesis and Synthesis in Hawaiian Oral Tradition
Authors: Yin, Joanna
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: The Hawaiian people live on isolated islands that emerged from volcanic fires in the largest ocean on our planet. They observed fiery lava flows that destroyed land but also created it as lava dramatically reached the sea. They observed water not only destroying land with tsunami and floods but also nourishing the plant life that provided people with food, shelter and clothing. How did they view these dramatic contrasts in their physical world? Did they merely record the antithetical elements of nature, or did they also attempt to synthesize them? This paper will study the attempts in Hawaiian oral tradition to go beyond pairs of opposites--earth and sky, fire and water, earth and sea, human and divine, isolation and integration-- and see their similarities.
Pages/Duration: 51 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/31614
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