Following the extraordinary response to my two articles on Hawaiian gods and goddesses I decided to start periodic entries on some of their other deities. For my first article on Hawaiian mythology click here: https://glitternight.com/2011/02/20/the-top-eleven-deities-in-hawaiian-mythology/

And for the second article click here: https://glitternight.com/2011/03/02/eleven-more-deities-from-hawaiian-mythology-2/ 

INANEA – Not to be confused with the similarly- named Sumerian goddess Inanna, this lizard goddess was the ancestress and matriarch of all the Hawaiian lizard deities, collectively called mo’o. Inanea ruled over the many lesser mo’o just as the god Kamoho ruled over the many lesser shark gods.

In myths she often appears as a human-sized lizard to a warrior in the wild. If the warrior is capable of “slaying” the lizard, when he cuts open the presumed carcass,  Inanea emerges from it as a beautiful woman and seduces him. If the warrior is slain by Inanea in her lizard form she eats him.

She was said to be the first born of the children the god Kane had with the goddess Haumea, which would make her an older sister of the fire goddess Pele. Inanea’s grandson is the semi-divine hero Aukele, whom she aids in his many adventures. In a separate myth she also protects the heroine Ha’inakolo until she finds a suitor worthy of marriage. Chiefesses would often pray to Inanea.     



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  1. lifewith4cats

    There is a goddess in my knee who rules over the cows? Im sorry couldnt help it. This comment sprang forth of its own accord. Now I better read the rest of this post. 🙂

  2. lifewith4cats

    Inaneas story is short. But it sounds like a beautiful analogy of the kind of struggle that opposite genders might endure before they settle into wedded bliss. A sort of testng of the meddles so to speak?

    • Don’t know how I missed this reply. Sorry. Yeah, I would certainly hope Inanea is covered in the many classes these days that are devoted to goddesses.

  3. Natasha

    What a great goddess! a real maneater u go girl!

  4. That’s a pretty thoughtful and interesting take on it. I keep these entries short to make them more reader-friendly but there is a looooong version of Inaneas’ story, too, especially the myth about her involvement in helping her grandson Aukele and the other myth about her helping the youg woman Ha’inakolo.
    Thanks for commenting!

  5. Beautiful work you do here! I am learning about so many goddesses that peopel seem to have 4-gotten about.

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  9. Really interesting goddess!

  10. Hello. impressive job. I did not anticipate this. This is a excellent story. Thanks!

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  12. A round of applause for your blog post. Fantastic.

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