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The apotheosis of James Cook : European mythmaking in the Pacific

Author: Gananath Obeyesekere
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press ; Honolulu, Hawaii : Bishop Museum Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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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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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: James Cook; James Cook; James Cook
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gananath Obeyesekere
ISBN: 0691056803 9780691056807
OCLC Number: 54225424
Description: xvii, 251 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Gananath Obeyesekere.

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