E’epa is a Hawaiian term indicating a person born with something marking their close affiliation with spirits. This something, whatever it is, will manifest early; if not at birth, then in infancy or early childhood. The mark of the E’epa may be a gift: some sort of special ability, particularly psychic talents. It may be a physical manifestation, such as a baby born with a caul or teeth. It may also be what conventional society might now consider a physical disability.
The E’epa maintains relationships with spirits during life, serving as a mediator for other people. After death, the E’epa will transform into a spirit. (Special funeral rites may be required.) E’epas transform into all kinds of spirits, but many have a propensity for becoming tricksters. E’epas generally become family or ancestral spirits, protecting the family into which they were born. Because their future spiritual destiny is recognized, bonds and relationships between the E’epa and future devotees can be developed and negotiated while the E’epa is still in human form.
Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes