This is what it means to truly respect the wishes of immanent deities, in this case the volcano Goddess Pele. Her lava has been flowing at the edge of the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawai’i (an island where I spend a lot of time, having family there–and got back from a few days ago). At a town meeting, Native Hawaiians urged folks who hoped for some kind of lava diversion engineering to
“Be grateful, they said, that you got to live on her land for the time that you did. And welcome her.
“Pele doesn’t work like that,” said one woman. “We are home preparing for an important guest.”
Pele lives here, and she suffers people’s presence, she said. It’s all well and good for outsiders to come in and print up and sign deeds awarding the land to themselves, buying and selling. But “we will never own our land. This is Pele’s home,” the speaker said. And given that, one does not come in and tell Pele where she can go.
“If she feels that she needs to clean her house, then let her clean her house,” said another woman of Pele.”Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/10/29/video-native-hawaiians-explain-why-goddess-pele-and-her-lava-are-welcome-guests-pahoa We have a lot to learn.