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Picture of Makahiki

* Makahiki can be considered sacred to the Hawaiian people yet some people take photographs of it. On one hand I mind since it's sacrilegious to take photographs of a sacred event. On the other hand, if people can see what it's about then perhaps they will respect the Hawaiian culture and its people. ANYWAY here is a photograph of makahiki (pronounced "mah-kah-hee-keeh"):




Laurence Wallace Camvel blessed the participants in the closing ceremony of Makahiki at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base on Saturday. The celebration marks the end of the season, which is a traditional time of harvest, peace and abundance overseen by the Hawaiian god Lono. Families, civic clubs, students and other members of the community participated in the ceremony.

Source: http://starbulletin.com/2005/03/07/news/wild.html

Cross-posted to abouthawaii and to hawaiians

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knottyman
Mar. 7th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)
similar beliefs among the natives here. having your picture taken steals the soul. pictures of any ceremonies also. I have had tourists ask me if i was indian (i'm half cherokee) when i answer yes. they want a picture with me in it. I have no idea were these pics are or how many. I once had a girl ask me if I was samoan? I laughed, saying I'd be a runt if I were. only 5 foot six.
ete
Mar. 12th, 2005 06:28 am (UTC)
i went to punchbowl to visit my grandparents and took a picture of a man who was making a floral arrangement at his relative's site (right by my grandpa's). he was wearing slippers, chopping away with a tiny machetti, had a lit cigarette hanging from his lips, and he was basically laying down the whole time. i thought it looked beautiful. he reminded me of my dad. so i took a picture. dob asked me if i shouldn't have taken the picture, and i said probably not, but somehow i thought/knew that it was ok. don't ask me what the point to my story is.
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