By J. Eric Thompson, George E. Stuart
A Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs (Civilization of the yank Indian)
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All the religious people praise you! ] . . I never believed in the efficacy of prayer and consequently I never allowed myself to be ruled by the Churchmembers [sic] to allow a thanksgiving prayer to be offered to God for the good of the nation for in my opinion it is only a mockery. The idea of offering prayer when hundreds are dying around you. To save the life of the people is to work and not pray. ”80 Kalākaua’s questionable faith in Christianity and his revival of Native Hawaiian religious practices were expressed in the national symbols promoted during his reign.
A. 8 The coronation, then, must be understood within the context of mounting concerns to preserve national autonomy and promote Kalākaua’s “Hawaii for Hawaiians” policies. As part of the king’s efforts to safeguard the “Hawaiianness” of the nation, the coronation underscored the hierarchical nature of the chiefly leadership. Kalākaua was well aware of the honor due Hawaiian chiefs (ali‘i nui) and undoubtedly sought to replace memories of his pedestrian oath-swearing ceremony several years earlier when he was elected king.
Native ki-leaf wreaths contained each of the foreign flag-shield combinations decorating the grandstand. The octagonal design of the pavilion and dome symbolized the unified eight major islands of the Hawaiian archipelago (Hawai‘i, Maui, Lāna‘i, O‘ahu, Kaho‘olawe, Moloka‘i, Kaua‘i, and Ni‘ihau), which framed the insignia of the American and European states. Likewise, eight columns supported the dome. A colorful fresco executed by Messrs. Buchmann and Rupprecht representing the Hawaiian coat of arms occupied the center of the ceiling.
A Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs by J. Eric Thompson, George E. Stuart