Greek Goddess Metis  

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METIS (pronounced MEE-tiss) is the Greek Goddess of good counsel. She is the daughter of the Titans Tethys and Okeanos, Goddess and God of the oceans. She is said to have been Zeus's first wife, and was one of his greatest counsellors. It was Metis who gave Zeus's father Kronos a potion that caused him to vomit up the other Gods he had eaten, leading to the war between the Titans and the Olympians. Unfortunately, Metis was too wise for her own good--she told Zeus that she would bear children to him who would surpass him in wisdom, and when she was pregnant, Zeus tricked her into turning herself into a fly and swallowed her. Inside Zeus, Metis continued to prepare for the coming of the child inside her, a daughter. She made a robe and a helmet for the girl, and the hammering of the helmet gave Zeus such a headache that he begged his son Hephaistos to use his ax to split his head open and relieve the pain. When Hephaistos did this, the Goddess Athena sprang out, fully grown and dressed in the robe and helmet that her mother had made. Metis remained inside Zeus, and continued to give him advice. Metis's name means "counsel," and the epithets FAIR-FACED and LOVELY-HAIRED were used to describe her.

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Ku  

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In Hawaiian mythology Ku or Ku-ka-ili-moku (see below) is one of the four great gods along with Kanaloa, Kane, and Lono. He is known as the god of war and the husband of the goddess Hina. Some have taken this to suggest a complementary dualism, as the word ku in the Hawaiian language means "standing up" while one meaning of hina is "fallen down". This analysis is not supported by evidence from other Polynesian languages which distinguish the original "ng" and "n". Hina's counterpart in New Zealand for example, is Hina, associated with the moon, rather than Hinga, "fallen down". Thus, the Hawaiian name Hina is probably rather connected to the other meaning of hina, denoting a silvery-grey color (like the full moon); indeed the moon is named Mahina in the Hawaiian language. File:Kuka'ilimoku. jpg Ku-ka-ili-moku Ku is worshipped under many names, including Ku-ka-ili-moku (also written Kukaʻilimoku), the "Seizer of Land", a feather-god. He was the guardian of Kamehameha I who erected monuments to him at the Holualoa Bay royal center and his residence at Kamakahonu. Rituals included human sacrifice, which was not part of the worship of the other gods. Ku, Kane, and Lono caused light to shine in upon the world. They are uncreated gods who have existed from eternity. The Kailua-Kona lighthouse was built on land known as Kukailimoku Point.

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