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The Apotheosis of Captain Cook:
European Mythmaking in the Pacific
Gananath Obeyesekere
With a new afterword by the author

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Illustrations
Preface
Captain Cook and the European Imagination3
Myth Models8
Improvisation Rationality and Savage Thought15
The Third Coming: A Flashback to the South Seas23
The Visit to Tahiti and the Destruction of Eimeo34
The Discovery of Hawaii40
The Thesis of the Apotheosis49
Further Objections to the Apotheosis: Maculate Perceptions and Cultural Conceptions60
Anthropology and Pseudo-History66
Politics and the Apotheosis: A Hawaiian Perspective74
The Other Lono: Omiah, the Dalai Lama of the Hawaiians92
Cook, Lono, and the Makahiki Festival95
The Narrative Resumed: The Last Days102
The Death of Cook: British and Hawaiian Versions109
Language Games and the European Apotheosis of James Cook120
The Humanist Myth in New Zealand History131
The Resurrection and Return of James Cook137
The Versions of the Apotheosis in the Traditions of Sea Voyagers142
Cook, Fornication, and Evil: The Myth of the Missionaries154
On Native Histories: Myth, Debate, and Contentious Discourse163
Monterey Melons; or, A Native's Reflection on the Topic of Tropical Tropes171
Myth Models in Anthropological Narrative177
The Mourning and the Aftermath187
Afterword: On De-Sahlinization193
Appendix I: The Destruction of Hikiau and the Death of William Watman251
Appendix II: Kalii and the Divinity of Kings255
Notes259
Bibliography299
Index307

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