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/
KAPO – This Hawaiian goddess is one of those deities that a great deal of overanalysis is written about, usually in a hilariously frantic fashion by people who try to present THEIR interpretation of her as “the one true” interpretation. She has some affiliations with witchcraft, mediums and possessions.
In some myths she is called the mother of the love and fertility goddess Laka (credited with inventing the hula dance) but in other myths both she and Laka are sisters of Pele. I would usually not bother listing a deity whose attributes are so vague that they get debated with all the silly intensity of Trekkies arguing about Romulan “history” but I’m listing this goddess because the one constant in the Kapo saga is the odd story about how she detaches her vagina and throws it to distract Kamapua’a, Pele’s husband.
In some versions this is done when Kamapua’a first comes to marry her and in others it’s when Pele is “not in the mood” and Kapo throws her vagina to distract Kamapua’a, who chases it until he smashes into a cliffside Wile E Coyote style. The vagina, like Thor’s hammer, then returns to its owner.
Other myths depict Kapo detaching her vagina and having it fly around and swallow whoever she wants it to when she “hexes” those people.
I think someone should produce Kapo action figures complete with detachable vaginas! By the way, there is a HILARIOUSLY overwrought and bitter interpretation of the Kapo/Pele/Kamapua’a tale on the internet written by a very humorless and man-hating woman who is so naive about mythology that she actually thinks there is only one version of this myth. It will have you laughing hysterically if you come across it.
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