Guest Post- City of Refuge, Hawaii by Rebecca

Travel always fills me with lot of energy and kind of gives a fresh perspective of people, places and things. It most of the times is the best rejuvenating experience and brings back a person refreshed and recharged with lots of memories for life. Traveling allows us to discover facts about a place which are sometimes unknown or lesser known.
Here is a post on Hawaii by Rebecca from Where to this time and it’s totally worth a read
In Hawaiian culture, the City of Refuge or Pu’uhonau was a place where no blood could be shed. If someone had broken a law and they reached this refuge, they were protected and avoided certain death. Then they were absolved by a priest and freed to leave. Defeated warriors and non-combatants could also find refuge here during times of battle.

Some of the laws, or kapu, in old Hawaii, that resulted in a death sentence included:

   a common person couldn’t get close to the chief
   couldn’t walk in the chief’s footsteps
   couldn’t touch the chief’s possessions
   couldn’t let his shadow fall on the chief’s palace grounds
   women couldn’t eat foods reserved for offerings to the gods
   they couldn’t prepare meals for men (I don’t know why any woman would want to break that law, rotfl!)
   couldn’t eat with the men
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