National Geographic : 1983 Nov
ARTIFACTSPHOTOGRAPHEDATBISHOP MUSEUM SSKULL-BATTERING lesson, taughtto Kamehameha in 1783, became law. Spotting fishing families loyal to a rival, the brash Kamehamehaleaped ashore to attack, catchinghis foot in a lava crevice. One fisherman smashed a paddle over his head before rescue arrived.Years later Kamehamehadecreed that persons should be securefrom wanton attacks by chiefs-hisLaw of the SplinteredPaddle. More than by laws, however, Hawaiians were ruled by religion.Kamehameha was appointedguardianof the war god, Kukailimoku, seen here as a six-foot wooden image (above left), to whom chiefs sacrificed animals, criminals,and conquered warriors.Kamehameha, wearinghis cloak of yellow feathers, carriedinto battle the god's bird-feathervisage set with dog teeth (top right). Any object of a chief took on his power, or mana.This driftwood refuse bowl, set with 289 human teeth (above), would be emptied in secret, so "enemies cannot afflict them [the chiefs] with any disease by enchantment," a Russian navigatornoted. 573 I _I _II _.__ _..__ I ..