Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the grand and exciting Hawaiian epic about the goddesses Pele and Hi’iaka.
In the aftermath of Hi’iaka’s defeat of the two sorceresses Kilioe and Kalanamainu’u, she and her mortal traveling companion Wahine were in sole possession of the battlefield: the cavern lair of the dead witches. As a bonus Hi’iaka’s divine powers had even managed to snag the wandering spirit of Prince Lohiau, which Kilioe and her ally had tried to destroy out of spite when their defeat at Hi’iaka’s hands seemed imminent.
After resting for awhile the goddess and the mortal woman Wahine summoned up the family and subjects of Prince Lohiau who had been waiting far beneath the cliffside cave. The assembly of people had been watching to see which side had emerged triumphant in the supernatural struggle high above them and were delighted that the goddess Hi’iaka had won the day.
Now that Lohiau’s wandering spirit and his perfectly preserved corpse had finally been brought together in the same location, Hi’iaka and Wahine prepared to perform the difficult task of restoring that spirit to the prince’s corpse. This would bring him back to life so that the goddess and her friend could escort Prince Lohiau back to the Big Island to become the mate of Pele, the fire and volcano goddess.
After the devoted subjects and family members of Prince Lohiau had gathered all the necessary herbs and ointments for the ritual, Hi’iaka ordered the singers to begin singing the appropriate songs. Wahine held the ankles of Lohiau’s dead body while Hi’iaka herself began the delicate task of easing the prince’s wandering spirit back into his body.
First the goddess maneuvered the spirit back in through Lohiau’s eyes, then slowly, pain-stakingly maneuvered it inch by inch throughout the rest of the prince’s corpse. By the time the ritual was over and done with it was sunrise, and the resurrected prince had been restored to life. Lohiau stood in the cave entrance, flanked by the two beauties Hi’iaka and Wahine and stretched his arms, trying to regain familiarity with his physical form.
The breathless throng on the beach far below looked up in awe, scarcely daring to believe that their beloved prince may have been restored to life. Hi’iaka for her part was exhausted from the surgical precision needed for the elaborate task she had labored at for hours. High up on Hunamoku, the god Kane’s island in the clouds, the deity Lono had watched the proceedings with great interest.
It was Lono’s wife, the love and fertility goddess Laka, who had indirectly set these events in motion weeks earlier by causing Pele to fall in love with Prince Lohiau. To save Hi’iaka, Lohiau and Wahine the ordeal of climbing back down the sheer cliff wall, Lono sent down his personal rainbow, the one he always walked down when visiting the Earth.
When the rainbow materialized before them, serving as a ladder of sorts, Hi’iaka thanked Lono and led Wahine and Lohiau down the rainbow to the beach below. After all three had arrived safely the rainbow dematerialized and returned to Lono. Upon recovering from their awe over that latest miracle the family and subjects of Prince Lohiau gathered around our heroic trio and displayed their happiness at their prince’s recovery. ++
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