(EBOOK/EPUB) [The Kumulipo A Hawaiian Creation Chant]

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  • The Kumulipo A Hawaiian Creation Chant
  • Keaulumoku
  • English
  • 06 September 2020
  • 9780824807719

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The Kumulipo A Hawaiian Creation Chant summary ✓ 8 Keaulumoku » 8 free download download Ï eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF » Keaulumoku D and transmitted entirely in the oral tradition its 2000 lines provide an extended genealogy p. Essential to understanding genealogical power structure in pre and post contact Hawai i Definitely enriched my perspective of contemporary land claimsdisputes Additionally it gives a good contextual understanding of place in Maui and how much things have changedA lot of jumping back and forth Be prepared with a highlighter and a pennotepad if you really want to follow the translated text author s analysis Hoot oral tradition its 2000 lines provide an extended genealogy p. Essential to understanding genealogical power structure in pre and post contact Hawai i Definitely enriched my perspective Melvin Mencher's News Reporting and Writing of contemporary land claimsdisputes Additionally it gives a good contextual understanding Unless of place in Maui and how much things have changedA lot Red November of jumping back and forth Be prepared with a highlighter and a pennotepad if you really want to follow the translated text author s analysis

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The Kumulipo A Hawaiian Creation Chant summary ✓ 8 Keaulumoku » 8 free download download Ï eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF » Keaulumoku The Kumulipo is the sacred creation chant of a family of Hawaiian alii or ruling chiefs Compose. Wonderful wonderful chant of Hawaiian cosmogony unlike anything I ve read before moody and pelagian and full of a strange sort of internal dream logic You can practically hear the midnight waves lapping at the beach as you read it The poem itself covers barely sixty pages with the rest of this sizeable book given over to Martha Warren Beckwith s awe inspiring explanation of her translation methods verse by verse along with a sensitive discussion of possible interpretations which represents the distillation of a lifetime s study of Polynesian society language and mythology It s the sort of readable erudite piece of mid century philology published 1951 that you never seem to get any All that plus an appendix which gives the whole chant in the original Hawaiian albeit a somewhat outdated orthography Kumulipo is a compound word from kumu beginning and lipo deep darkness the chant thus means literally the origin of or from deep darkness and it begins with a rich evocation of nothingnessThe intense darkness the deep darknessDarkness of the sun darkness of the night Nothing but night O ka lipolipo o ka lipolipoO ka lipo o ka la o ka lipo o ka po Po wale ho iYou can see from the Hawaiian how melodic and driving the original must sound when recited aloud Hawaiian is a language with a very small phonological inventory just eight consonants and five vowels though these can be short or long but compare this to English with perhaps twenty four consonants and around a dozen vowels excluding diphthongs Among other things this means that Hawaiian has a huge scope for wordplay assonance and rhyme This was brought home to me on O ahu when I took part in a traditional canoe blessing ceremony don t ask led by a Hawaiian kahuna whose chanting I thought had an amazing power to it which came from this cumulative build up of alliterative flourishes and repeating syllables and vowel sounds You can see this all the way through the Kumulipo reading it out loud to yourself is great fun if a little disconcerting to those around youBeckwith takes great pains to convey the effect of such linguistic playfulness to those readers whose Hawaiian is a little rusty Discussing one section about an adulterous scandal for instance she tells usThe reaction upon outsiders and then that upon the injured husband is indicated by playing first upon the k sound to express precise forms of inarticulate disapproval in the head shaking and cluck clucking of the court gossips then upon sounds in m combined with u to give the mood of sulky silence preserved at first by the husband when he begins to suspect the truth of the matter The passage is impossible to render in English certainly not literallyThough as the introduction to this edition points out she does a pretty fine jobThere was whispering lip smacking and cluckingSmacking tut tutting head shakingSulking sullenness silenceKane kept silence refused to speakSullen angry resentfulI uickly found myself putting complete faith in her choices and letting myself sink into the logic of the chant itself which leads you on a journey through the creation of life to gods heroes and finally simple men There is an interesting tendency to link things together in thematic pairs people creatures concepts So when out of the deep darkness simple and then complex life forms begin to appear they are always given in twos a sea creature guarded by a land creature These pairs are marked off by the recurring refrain O kane ia Wai ololi o ka wahine ia Wai olola a sexual geographical metaphor which Beckwith translates as Man is for the narrow stream woman for the broad stream A brief sampleMan for the narrow stream woman for the broad streamBorn is the Okea living in the seaGuarded by the Ahakea tree living on landMan for the narrow stream woman for the broad streamBorn is the Wana sea urchin living in the seaGuarded by the thorny Wanawana plant living on landMan for the narrow stream woman for the broad streamBorn is the Nene shellfish living in the seaGuarded by the Manene grass living on landAnd so on at exhaustive but strangely riveting length As another reviewer has pointed out it does make you wonder which sea creature humans are supposed to be guardingThe notes and commentary are full of anthropological insight and detail which you would never work out from the chant alone References to the woman who sat sideways for example play on a Hawaiian figure of speech for someone who took a second husband similarly the complex system of taboo is given full discussion right up to the highest grade of chief the offspring of a noble brother and sister who was considered so sacred that he could only go out at night because otherwise his shadow would make everything it touched holy and thus unusable One seemingly innocuous line gets the following delightful explanationThe line reading No ka aunaki kuku ahi kanaka is an allusion to the common method of starting a fire by means of two firesticks One the hard grained aulima is held upright in the hand lima and rubbed back and forth upon the hollowed surface of the other the softer aunaki to produce the spark the action being a perfectly understood sex symbol among Hawaiians Hence the line is to be literally translated From the female firestick comes the fire that makes man In other words woman impregnated by the male nurses the spark of life that develops into a living manI love this This particular version of the poem was preserved by Kal kaua the penultimate Hawaiian monarch and it includes various genealogical details designed to reflect the lineage of a specific family different versions were presumably once in circulation in other communities Reading the sometimes disjointed myths still surviving in here you find yourself wishing there had been some Hawaiian Elias L nnrot who could have done for these legends what was done for the Finnish Kalevala alas during that period at the end of the nineteenth century when everyone else was busy getting into literary nationalism Hawaii was preoccupied with being annexed by the United StatesStill what s here is great and this needs a proper modern printing pronto I can t uite believe this darkly beautiful idiosyncratic creation chant has just thirty ratings here on Goodreads That s outrageous It deserves a thousand times as much or as the Hawaiians once said forty thousand four hundred thousand and four thousand