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Pele is a fire goddess according to the people of Hawaii. She is a savage and
wrathful divinity who is said to reside in the crater of the volcano
Kilauea. She is considered responsible for all the eruptions that take place in Hawaii.
It is said that one day Kamapua'a, a pig god of Hawaii mythology,
tried to woo the fire goddess. Kamapua'a had the face and body of a pig, but his hands and feet were human. Pele covered him with insults, but Kamapua'a was strongly determined in the pursuit of Pele's love. As a result, the two deities found
themselves involved in a fight.
Pele's followers threatened to overwhelm Kamapua'a
with flames. Kamapua'a fighters attacked the crater where Pele resides
with fog and rain. Finally, Pele yielded, and Kamapua'a succeeded.
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