Both of us have ties to Hawaiʻi and Italy, and when collaborating on The Penguin Book of Mermaids we came to a stronger understanding of the common and distinguishing features of water deities and beings in these two cultures. Moʻo Akua are fearsome and fascinating Hawaiian reptilian gods who embody the life-giving and death-dealing properties of water, the element with which they are associated. Predominately female, those mo`o who masquerade as humans are often described as stunningly beautiful. The Italian-language sirena refers to both siren and mermaid in English, and these are two very different kinds of water beings. We will share a few stories from Hawaiʻi and Sicily.
Cristina Bacchilega is Professor and Graduate Director in the Department of English at University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. She writes about fairy tales & their adaptations, traditional narratives across cultures, and the power of storytelling.
Marie Alohalani Brown is an associate professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. Her first book Facing the Spears of Change: The Life and Legacy of John Papa ‘Ī‘ī, won the Palapala Po’okela Award for the best book on Hawaiian language, culture, and history
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