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Painting: Paint on Wood.
Old timers will tell you that you should never respond to someone who calls out your name
when it is addressed to your back. Also, never answer a stranger when they use
your name to approach it. Hawaiian mythology tells us that these are Calling
Spirits - a disembodied entity that will call out to you, aggressively luring you to step
towards themso they may take your soul.
When cowboys ran the hillside of old Hawaii, a young man on his way home
before dusk heard his name being called. A girl emerged from the foliage. She
expressed a desire to make love to him if he followed her into the woods. The
young man followed. With excitement, he abruptly hesitated after being overwhelmed by an uneasy
feeling. The young man explained to the girl that he changed his mind and decided
to return home. The girl grew angry. She screamed out of frustration. The young
Upon returning home, he divulged this strange encounter to his Grandfather. His
Grandfather scolded him, explaining that a Hawaiian does not talk to your back -
it’s not polite - and strangers do not know your name unless they are Calling Spirits.
The next day the young man, accompanied by his Grandfather returned to the site
of this encounter. Following the trail the girl urged him to take, they discovered a
20 ft deep lava pit that was concealed by vines.
Size: 24 W x 35 H x 4 in
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