Thanks for joining us for another Families’ Deity! We’re exploring deities that tie into families and family values, or who are important to the family unit or children in some way. This month, we are exploring the earth God, Papahānaumoku
Who is Papahānaumoku?
Papahānaumoku (pronounced Pa-pa-hah-now-mo-koo-ah-keh-ah), also known simply as Papa, is a Hawaiian goddess. She is the Earth Mother and consort of the Sky God Wãkea. Together they created the Hawaiian Islands.
She is still worshipped today, especially by women who see her as having the power to give life and to heal. She is worship in women’s temples called Hale o Papa and has a marine monument on Hawaii named in her honour.
Papa is a central figure in the movement known as Aloha Āine which means “love of the land” and is partly about caring for the environment.
Why is Papahānaumoku one of our Families Deity?
Papa is included in the Families pantheon as she encourages us to connect to the land and she nourishes us as Mother Earth.
To honour her you could celebrate Earth Day and live in a way that is kind to the planet.
Papa is associated with everything that dwells on Earth, the Earth itself and bodies of water.