HAWAIIAN LEGENDS OF TRICKSTERS & RIDDLERS

HAWAIIAN LEGENDS OF TRICKSTERS & RIDDLERS

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Vivian L. Thompson
ISBN: 978-0-8248-1302-4
Date of Publication: 1969
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 104
Binding: paper

Comments:
According to some of the oldest and least-known of Hawai'i's legends, man became a trickster to survive, and later became a riddler to win a place for himself in society. Vivian Thompson's tales, written for youngsters, are based on some of the earliest recorded versions of these legends; they instruct and delight readers of today as the oral traditions of old captivated their audiences. The first voyagers to Hawai'i were filled with terror of the unknown terrain inhabited by evil spirits. Fearless fellows, tricksters-those who could match wits not only against nature, spirits, and monsters but also against chiefs and kings who held the power of life and death-became the heroes of the common peoploe. As trickster legends emerged from primitive Hawai'i, so riddler legends grew from later Hawai'i, where mental as well as physical skills were admired.

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