& Tiki Culture
War God Temples
Ancient Weapons of Hawaii
lays low on an ancient Hawaiian valley, two armies have come face to face,
ready for battle. Slingers began the battle, propelling heavy volcanic
rocks at nearly musket ball speeds. Slings are a woven range weapon preferred
over the bow by Hawaiian warriors. An ambitious king, protected by a brilliant
feather armor cloak, orders the crescent shaped formation of his warriors
forward. The armies collide with a terrifying roar and deadly arms take
their toll. Spears, sharks tooth clubs, stone hammers, trip cords, swordfish
daggers and dozens of other weapons reveal the dark side of paradise.
In ancient Hawaii warfare is a favorite game for kings and nobles. In
fact the Hawaiian word for 'battlefield' is 'playground'. The wars of
tribal polynesian antiquity, climaxed bloodily soon after Captain Cooks
visit but their history lives on.
Sharktooth Clubs, Spears and a Tiki God
Arms and Armor :
Sharktooth clubs, Pikes
and Protective Feather Capes.
This site explores the Hawai'i that brought us such scenes; the weaponry,
Gods, culture and society. The history of Hawai'i from its settlement
by tribal Polynesians to its 'discovery' by Captain James Cook and his
death at their hands. Learn about Tiki Culture with its bars, sculptures
and history. Click any interesting link to find out more and check out
our newest section, Tribal Tattoos. Mahalo! (Thanks!)
Hawaiian Gothic - Feudal Culture
the brilliant colors of sunset fade, fires can be seen across the islands.
Hawaiian drums beat rhythms that reflect the thoughts of the Kahunas,
the priests of Hawaii. The heat of the day dissipates as a village comes
alive. The warriors have returned to their village victorious, their bodies
stained with blood. Tonight a captive enemy will be sacrificed to Ku,
the god of war. The victim, taken alive but with every bone in his body
systematically broken for easy of transport from the battlefield welcomes
this relief. An ancestral wild energy flows from the village, terrifying
tiki masks and tattooed (Hawaiian
Tattoos ) men dance in the fire light
before the temples alter.
In the mythic time
before the arrival of Capt.
Cook a kapu (taboo) system held society together. With astronomers,
seers, Mu (temple sacrifice seekers) and kahunas (priests) the many religious
needs of the tribes were filled. Gods like Pele, the fire goddess and
the shark god with his dragon watchers must be appeased. Ancestors deliver
mana, the ancestral prestigious rights to position in the feudal chaste
system. Kapus dictate everything from eating to making love and braking
these taboos could be punished by death. The legends told of hero's and
cannibalistic dogmen. The idols watched all of these scenes, with the
flickering firelight revealing their scowling faces under the bright stars.
Learn more about Kapu
(taboo), the feudal caste system, akamai tiki's and Hawaiian
society on our site. (Like the belief in nightmarchers, spirit
ranks of ghosts that march from their graves to battles.)
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