From gods to God: The Shifting Role of Hawaiian Ritual Locations from the Pre-Contact to Post-Contact Era in Maui, Hawai'i

Author(s): Alexander Baer

Year: 2018

Summary

Recent work in the district of Kaupō, Maui, has demonstrated the presence of a highly intensified dryland agricultural system interspersed with extensive residential sites and bounded by a range of ceremonial structures that include some of the largest temples in the Hawaiian Islands. In this talk, I discuss the ritual sites of Kaupō and how their Pre-Contact placement on the landscape (before the first arrival of Europeans) demonstrates a unique expression of elite power. While the initial locations of these structures indicate an effort to surround and control a particularly bountiful area, the arrival of the first missionaries in the late 18th Century created a new dynamic in which traditionally meaningful spaces were used to both reaffirm Native Hawaiian beliefs and co-opted to support the growth of Christianity throughout the Islands. 

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From gods to God: The Shifting Role of Hawaiian Ritual Locations from the Pre-Contact to Post-Contact Era in Maui, Hawai'i. Alexander Baer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441765)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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