Mount Kilauea

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Goddess of Fire Pele

mount kilauea goddess pele

Mount Kilauea Volcano is the home of Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess. Pele is a goddess of fire, lightning, dance, volcanoes and violence, a daughter of Haumea and Kane Milohai. Early Hawaiians respected and honored Pele, and made offerings to please her or calm her wrath. Every time an eruption occurs, the local people think that it is a way of Pele giving a gift.
The lava that flows out of the eruption forms new land, so the people leave offerings such as fruit, flowers, and fish to thank her for her generosity. Tales tells, that Goddess Pele has a couple of talents, specifically one of them is that she can seduce any man by taking the form of batiful young woman. Another talent is giving more land to Hawaii, Big Island (Mount Kilauea gives contributes approximately 40 acres of new land every year).

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