Large Stone Priest's Cup, Hawaiian Islands
diameter 3 3/4in (9.5cm)
kapuahikuni ana'ana, of tapering bowl form with central cup; pitted, dark-gray stone.
Anna Pohina, Hoopuloa, South Kona, Hawaii
Bowls such as these were used by kahuna anā'anā in the process of "praying to death," pule anā'anā. In this ritual the kahuna anā'anā collected hair, spittle, nail pairings, or other items containing the intended victim's personal mystical power or mana. The kahuna anā'anā could control this mana, and therefore the victim, through the use of prayers or spells. Victims were known to take to their mats, waste away, and die; however, one under the spell of a kahuna anā'anā could seek release and guidance from a healing kahuna.