Pele~The Goddess Of Fire

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Although the colors alone in this picture are beautiful, there is so much meaning that can be found in it as well.  Here you see a group of people watching in wonderment as lava slowly flows into the ocean.  The hot magma coupled with the salty ocean water creates sizzling steam that rises up into the air.  Not only are you witnessing mother nature doing what she does you also are watching as new land is added onto this Hawaiian island.  Afterall, how do you think the islands were formed?  But it doesn’t stop just there!  For the people of Hawaii, ones that are native to the land, have put down their roots there, or those simply interested in Hawaiian culture they see Pele The Goddess Of Fire hard at work!

While there are numerous different tales as to how Pele came to reside on the lava-flow-volcano, one thing that holds true for all versions is Pele’s volatile and fierce temper.  It is also believed that when the Volcano erupts it is pele showing her anger and baring her teeth.  She is not here to make friends she is mad and her volcanic eruptions are expressing it so!

Another part to the legend of Pele that remains true no matter the tale you choose to believe,  is taking a piece of her lava rock off of the island and to the “mainland”(the continental United States) will bring very bad luck and bad energy to you.  While some choose to not believe this part of the tale, it is safe to say that hundreds of pieces of lava rock are mailed back to the islands each year.  Seems that this so called myth may just be true! Want to know a little more about this fiery goddess?

Pele “The Goddess Of Fire” Facts

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  • More Than Just Fire- Pele is actually more than just the goddess of fire.  She also is believed to be the goddess of wind, lightning, violence, dance & volcanoes
  • Ka wahine `ai honua- Another of Pele’s given names, it means “the woman who devours the land” seems quite appropriate doesn’t it?
  • Creator of the Islands- according to legend Pele is the creator of the Hawaiian islands, by the use of her fire and volcanic abilities
  • Hale Ma’u Ma’u Crater- The name of the crater located on the Big Island of Hawaii where Pele resides.
  • Take Offerings- You may always visit the crater where the goddess resides, however it is suggested that when paying your respect you bring offerings such as gin, flowers, & fruit

Part of the legend of this incredibly beautiful goddess goes as follows.  Should you see a beautiful Hawaiian woman with long hair, or an elderly woman dressed in white with  white flowing long hair and a white dog walking along the side of the road at night you must offer her a ride. For this is Pele in another form seeking the kindness and respect of strangers.  Should she walk up to your house you should treat her with respect and offer her food.  Why? In treating Pele with respect and kindness, or Aloha, she will favor you and protect your home and family should there be an eruption.

Pictures are a form of art captured in the moment.  Looking at a picture and really seeing all that is encompassed in it’s image can speak to you and teach you new things continuously.  Next time you glance at a picture, take a second and stop and really look at what you are seeing! There is a story behind every single one!