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Hawaii In New Age Imaginations: A Case Of Religious Inventions

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The religious use of indigenous peoples’ religions is becoming increasingly more popular on the New Age scene. Particularly perhaps the religions of the North American Indians, but other cultures provide inspiration as well, among those the pre-European Hawaiians. This chapter describes and analyses the use of native Hawaiian religion in the viable fabric of New Age beliefs. Apart from the vast majority of tales told about the Polynesians in general and the people of Hawaii in particular, a number of fantastic accounts clearly relate to what is presently known as New Age mythology. Lomi Lomi is taught over four weekends and more extensive courses may be composed according to the client’s wish. The religious imaginations of Hopis, Wai-Wais, or Hawaiians are never described out of ethnic and geographic context, while religions such as Christianity, Islam and Buddhism certainly are.

Keywords: Buddhism; Christianity; Hawaii; Islam; Lomi Lomi; New Age scene; religious imaginations



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