Hawaiian Proverbs and Riddles

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ISBN: 9780912180823

The sayings, proverbs, and riddles within this book tell stories about the lives and lived experiences of the Hawaiian people and the world around them. Through the use of metaphorical and descriptive language they relay historical stories, cultural touchstones, and a deep knowledge of place and the natural world. They provide a window into Hawaiian society as it existed shortly after the turn of the 20th century.

First published in 1930, this collection represents years of study and scholarship by Henry Pratt Judd, a clergyman, scholar, and professor who contributed to many important historical texts on the Hawaiian language. In addition, excerpts from writings by folklorist and scholar Martha Beckwith are included within the foreword, offering additional insight into the contest of riddling. This is one of the few places where Hawaiian riddles have been collected and recorded, making it a valuable resource for anyone studying Hawaiian language or culture.


Author Henry Pratt Judd


paperback | 100 pages | 5.5" x 8.5" | B&W