Chicken Skin is the sensation which sweeps over your body whenever you come close to the borderland between reality and mystery. It is the eerie feeling in your gut as your hair rises on the back of your neck, your flesh tingles, your heart races, and your eyes inexplicably water.
Dr. Glenn Grant is a haole who studied history at the University of Hawai'i in the 1970s. Enthralled by the richness of the history and folklore of the Islands, he decided to stay.
People of all ages, races, gender, educational and occupational backgrounds, and ethnicities encounter the spirits of the dead. Ghost stories still circulate through word-of-mouth as Islanders continue to talk story into the wee hours of the morning, passing on family supernatural tales, sharing personal, uncanny experiences, and keeping alive the centuries old tradition of legend making.
ALL homes and places of business are blessed before taking occupancy. Ti leaves are carefully planted near homes, sacred places, and locales thought to be haunted. Pikai ceremonies (sprinkling of Hawaiian sea salt) are still performed for people and places bothered by restless ghosts.
Dr. Grant thrived in this environment. He recorded THOUSANDS of first-hand accounts (not to mention a few encounters he himself had). Dr. Grant chose 49 of these tales to include in this book. Most are recorded as told to him, with only a few comments for those not versed in Pidgin.
Edited by aloha_spirit, 06 September 2005 - 01:59 PM.