I am Pele Honua Mea
Ka wahine ‘ai honua,
the woman who devours the land.
Feel the heat where steam dances
above the earthcracks at Wahine Kapu,
between the rope folds of pahoehoe lava.
See the play of sunlight
on My ebony skin
a shimmering rainbow of color.
I am She Who shapes the sacred land.
I erupted in the ocean long ago!
In ecstasy I spewed my lava into the sea
in clouds of red, and black and white
I built the islands called Hawaii.
Honor me and my sacred mountain, Kilauea!
Take not one small rock from my body!
Honor me or feel my wrath!
E nihi ka hele, walk softly!
You call me capricious, violent.
But my fires are the deep fires of Creation
Shaping new lands:
Deep in the sea
I stir the great waters
I stir the air
Rising from the core of the Earth -
I, Pele Honua Mea
stir the cauldron of life!
Use My energy in correct action
Use My passion for righteous change
begin again in new and fertile ground!
Ignite! Be transformed
.......Mary Kay Landonat this time of the great change!
Arise and dance with me!
Making masks for the Parliament of World Religions performance, here at last is Pele, the Great Goddess who is the Spirit of Kilauea, the volcano of Hawaii.
Pele has many native stories, and many contemporary stories of Her peculiar, as well as fiery, manifestations as well.......
My feeling in making this mask was that She is one of the great Elemental builders of the planet, those great intelligent forces that bring forth the molten source of new lands and new life from the heart of the Earth.
I look forward to seeing the mask performed!