Originally Posted by shoegirl
Just out of curiosity why are there so many bodies everywhere in Hawaii??
Maybe I missed something in history class, but we don't learn much about the USA in high school history classes.
LOL-- I don't think Hawaiian burial customes would occupy even a passing comment in most U.S. history books. Our dead are buried in any number of places . . . the sand dunes, natural caves and even in our own homes. (Though most would rather they be buried in the vicinity.) We believe the bones of our ancestors have great mana
and so must be protected. It is the kuleana
(responsibility) of the living to care for and to protect ohana
burial sites . . . and so maintaining the integrity of the clan. We don't burn our dead (and we certainly don't throw them in the volcanoes); it is only worshippers of the shark god who throw their dead into the sea. Hawaii is pretty small when you also consider the encroaching lava from the "active" islands. There's not a whole lot of room . . . hence we prefer that we remain "undeveloped."
We are very superstitious about our dead. For instance, we get really upset if we unexpectedly witness a funeral procession. Unless precautions are taken, it is said the dead will continue to walk the same path. I am certainly not going to question what my parents and grandparents believe. I've seen too many strange things that it would be ridiculous . . . not to believe.