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The apotheosis of Captain Cook : European mythmaking in the Pacific

Author: Gananath Obeyesekere
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press ; Honolulu, Hawaii : Bishop Museum Press, ©1992.
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"In January 1778 Captain James Cook "discovered" the Hawaiian islands and was hailed by the native peoples as their returning god Lono. On a return trip, after a futile attempt to discover the Northwest Passage, Cook was killed in what modern anthropologists and historians interpret as a ritual sacrifice of the fertility god. Questioning the circumstances surrounding Cook's so-called divinity - or apotheosis - and  Read more...
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Named Person: James Cook; James Cook; James Cook; James Cook
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gananath Obeyesekere
ISBN: 0691056803 9780691056807 0930897684 9780930897680
OCLC Number: 24848002
Awards: Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, 1992.
Description: xvii, 251 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Captain Cook and the European Imagination --
Myth Models --
Improvisation Rationality and Savage Thought --
The Third Coming: A Flashback to the South Seas --
The Visit to Tahiti and the Destruction of Eimeo --
The Discovery of Hawaii --
The Thesis of the Apotheosis --
Further Objections to the Apotheosis: Maculate Perceptions and Cultural Conceptions --
Anthropology and Pseudo-History --
Politics and the Apotheosis: A Hawaiian Perspective --
The Other Lono: Omiah, the Dalai Lama of the Hawaiians --
Cook, Lono, and the Makahiki Festival --
The Narrative Resumed: The Last Days --
The Death of Cook: British and Hawaiian Versions --
Language Games and the European Apotheosis of James Cook --
The Humanist Myth in New Zealand History --
The Resurrection and Return of James Cook --
The Versions of the Apotheosis in the Traditions of Sea Voyagers --
Cook, Fornication, and Evil: The Myth of the Missionaries --
On Native Histories: Myth, Debate, and Contentious Discourse --
Monterey Melons; or, A Native's Reflection on the Topic of Tropical Tropes --
Myth Models in Anthropological Narrative --
The Mourning and the Aftermath --
Appendix I: The Destruction of Hikiau and the Death of William Watman --
Appendix II: Kalii and the Divinity of Kings.
Responsibility: Gananath Obeyesekere.
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In 1778 Captain Cook "discovered" the Hawaiian Islands and was hailed by the native peoples as their returning god Lono. Questioning the circumstances surrounding Cook's so-called divinity and his  Read more...

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