Laka Goddess Of The Forest  

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"LAKA" IS THE GODDESS OF THE FOREST, OF ITS GROWTH, FERTILITY, ALL VEGETATION, RAIN AND LOVE; SHE IS THE PATRONESS OF THE DANCE AND HULA. SHE IS THE DAUGHTER OF KAPO AND THE GENTLE SISTER OF THE FIERY GODDESS PELE. HER NAME MEANS "GENTLE, DOCILE. "HER GRACE REPRESENTS THE ESSENCE OF HARMONY, STRENGTH, AND COURAGE. SHE REPRESENTS THE WILD WOODS WHERE THE HULA DANCERS GATHER THEIR FLOWERS, THE LEIS, AND THE FERNS FOR THE ADORNMENT OF THEIR BODIES. AS THE VEGETATION GODDESS, SHE IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE NOURISHING ELEMENTS OF LIGHT AND RAIN. SHE IS THE SACRED GUARDIAN OF THE SUNSHINE. HERBS ARE HER SACRED GIFT TO MANKIND.

LAKA IS MOST WELL-KNOWN FOR CREATING THE HULA, A FORM OF DANCE WHICH IS ACCOMPANIED BY CHANT OR SONG. IT IS THROUGH THE HULA THAT THE HAWAIIAN PEOPLE RECORD THEIR HISTORY AND PASS IT ON TO FUTURE GENERATIONS. THIS WAS LAKA'S GIFT TO HER PEOPLE. EVEN TODAY, AN ALTAR OR OFFERING IS PREPARED IN HONOR OF THE GODDESS. BEFORE PERFORMING HULA, THE ALTAR IS BUILT AND FILLED WITH GREENERY AND AT THE END OF THE DANCE, IT IS DISMANTLED, AND EVERY LEAF IS TAKEN TO THE OCEAN OR A DEEP STREAM AS A WAY TO HONOR LAKA. IRONICALLY, ALTHOUGH PRAYERS ARE ADDRESSED TO THE GODDESS IN MANY HULA PERFORMANCES, FEW, IF ANY HULAS ARE EVER DEDICATED TO HER.

"LAKA INVITES US ALL TO DANCE JOYFULLY UPON THE EARTH"

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