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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 51, Pele Summary & Analysis

Merlin Stone
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Chapter 51, Pele Summary and Analysis

Pele is the Goddess whose spirit lives within Mt. Kilauea on Hawaii. Pele often desires handsome young chiefs. It is when she is denied that she stomps her feet and causes a volcanic eruption. Pele's eruptions are described in the brief free-verse poem as angry and scarring the earth. However, the lava cools into smooth black stone healing and forming the earth around her. Pele's priestesses are dressed in white robes with burnt edges. They carry a wand to symbolize the digging stick that Pele first used to dig the volcanic craters. Reverence for Pele can be seen as recently as 1955 when villagers offered food and tobacco to Pele in an effort to save their village from the volcano's deadly lava stream. The lava bypassed the village.

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