Mircea Eliade "From Primitives to Zen": A HAWAIIAN LAMENT

What is my great offence, 0 god!

I have eaten standing perhaps, or

Without giving thanks,

Or these my people have eaten


Yes, that is the offence, 0 Kane-of-the-water-of-life.

0 spare; 0 let me live, thy devotee,

Look not with indifference upon me.

I call upon thee, 0 answer thou me,

O thou god of my body who art in heaven.

0 Kane, let the lightning flash, let the thunder roar,

Let the earth shake.

I am saved; my god has looked upon me,

I am being washed. I have escaped the danger.

E. S. Craighill Handy, Polynesian Religion, Bernice P. Bishop Museum Bulletin 34 (Honolulu, 1927), P. 142; quoting Abraham Fornander.

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