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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Burnt Offerings...

Three visitors to the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park prepare their offering at the Jaggar Museum visitor center and lookout over Halema'uma'u Crater at Kilauea which has been spewing out tons of sulfur dioxide everyday...

They light a small fire with newspaper and bundle up their incense to ignite it...

After igniting their incense, they pass it over to another on the other side of the wall...

Then they put out their fire...

The burning incense gets put into various positions and holders such as stuck in oranges and papaya...

The National Park Ranger has a word with the women about their pyro-offering...

Looks like a combination of Asian and Hawaiian influence. Orange, papaya, persimmon and incense mixed with a bag of poi, an orchid flower lei and a quarter pound of poke (raw fish)...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

yeah, like "oh hey, never mind us...we're just building a fire in the middle of a lookout point"

Lucky they didn't get hauled off to jail

Ka`iana said...

I guess a cigarette lighter igniting each one at a time would take too long in this busy hectic rushed world. Even religious ceremonies have to be sped up...