PELIALI

Real Name: Peliali

Identity/Class: Superhuman Goddess

Occupation: Volcano Goddess

Affiliations: Gods of the Kamekeri (Aiomum Kondi, Coniraya, Guecufu, Inti, Konassa, Kuat, Kulamina, Manco, Okonorote, Viracocha) (see comments)
Well, she was saved by the Avengers....so I suppose she was an ally of theirs before her death.

Enemies: Kulan Gath

Known Relatives: Maria de Guadelupe Santiago (Silverclaw, daughter)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: A mountaintop in Costa Verde, Central America

First Appearance: (mentioned) Avengers III##28; (fully shown): Avengers III##29 (June, 2000)

Powers: Peliali is a goddess who can project volcano flame and various other energies. She has uncertain levels of superhuman strength, durability, immunity to aging and disease. She draws some degree of her pwoer from the belief of her worshippers.

History: Peliali is the volcano goddess of the Kamekeri, a tribe of people that lives in Costa Verde.

(Avengers III##28) - It is revealed by Silverclaw, that she is the mother of Silverclaw herself. Peliali is the volcano goddess of the Kamekeri, the tribe in which Silverclaw belongs to in Costa Verde. Her people quit worshipping when the Christian missionaries came and introduced the modern ways to the Kamekeri. While the other gods left Earth, Peliali remained. She lived on a mountaintop where Silverclaw's father Jaime Santiago visited many times, finally coming down from the mountaintop with an infant girl whom he claimed was his & Peliali's.

(Avengers III##29-30) - Peliali is seen for the first time here where she is battling for her life against the followers of Kulan Gath. She is captured and placed in the center of the main city so Gath can sacrifice her to gain her goddess-energies to power himself up to god-level. As Gath opened up the dimensional portal to the gods, Silverclaw rallied the Kamekeri's belief in Peliali, giving her the strength to break Gath's restrainsts. With no sacrifice for the gods, Gath was taken in Peliali's place. Nonetheless, Peliali suffered mortal wounds. Peliali realized that Earth had passed her by and it was time for her to join her brethren in the realm of the gods. She was happy to see what her daughter, Silverclaw, had become, and left her as the rightful defender of Costa Verde.

Comments: Created by Kurt Busiek and George Perez.

Supplemental information courtesy of the master of mythology, William Uchtman:
"First off, the Kamekeri are not a real tribe, but then Marvel obviously wanted a fictional tribe for their fictional city. However, Kame and Keri are two Baicari demi-gods. Sons of the jaguar-god Oka, their grandmother Mero killed their mother to prove she was mortal. They then turned themselves to fire and burned her up. They also gave fire to mortals, but then continued burning up until they became clouds.
Peliali sounds like she was based on the Hawaiian Pele.
Coniraya, Inti, Manco and Viracocha are Incan.
Coniraya was the Incan Poseidon and a moon god as well. He raped a goddess who forced herself into exile out of embarrassment.
Viracocha was his brother, the sun god. He was more like Odin than Zeus and very mysterious figure.

Inti was his father or son. A sun-god himself, many sources think he was the same as Apu-Punchau. However, Inti was the father of Manco; Apu was not. Apu would then be Viracocha's father, and Inti his son.
Manco Capac was the first king of the Inca. Son of Inti, he created their civilization around Lake Titicaca (Check out Stan Lee's Wonder Woman for a very faithful recreation). His half-brother, Vichama, the god of the dead, fought with his brother by taking 500 of his followers every year. Manco countered by creating 5000 every year.
Guecufu was the Aracauca word for demons of the underworld. As a deity, he would be the Incan Satan.
Kulamina/Kulimina was the creator-goddess who created women from clay as her husband Kururumany created men. Gods of the Arawak Indians,  they discovered that mankind had become wicked and evil and stripped them of their immortality and sent them out of heaven.
Aiomum Kondi - god of rain and patron god of the Carib Indians, he created the first mortals from mud and created the sun to keep them warm and sent rain to dry the earth when it got too hot, but when mortals forgot to thank him for his gifts and became sinful, he sent a flood to wash mortals off the earth, but one good man named Marerewana survived to repopulate the earth. Aiomum Kondi then sent his son, Okonorote, to earth to teach mankind on how to follow and never forget the gods. The Incans later merged his worship with Viracocha, Chieftain of the Incan gods.
Konassa - goddess of fertility and freshwater, wife of Aiomun Kondi
Kuat - god of the sun, he hung the sun in the sky and separated the day and night for mortals.
Okonorote - Culture-hero and patron deity of the Carib and Warau Indians, son of Okonorote, he descended the heavens for earth to lead mortals, returning to heaven briefly to bring mortal gifts to the gods.
Duat is the name of the river in the Egyptian underworld.

There are two very good books you ought to have if you can find them. "Native American Myth And Legend" is full of Native American, Mexican and South American deities along with several transplanted African deities from the Caribbean. The other is "Celtic Myth and Legend", a confusing book with countless Celtic, British, Gaulic, Welsh and Arthurian figures. Both books are by Mike Dixon-Kennedy."

--Anyone with any further info, please let me know, and we'll add that in, and credit you, as well.

Profile by Proto-Man.

Clarifications: Not to be confused with:

Viracocha, the Incan Sky God, is presumably the god mentioned above as one of those formerly worshipped by the Kamekeri. He was first mentioned in Thor Annual#7, and seen in Thor I#300.
--While he has been mimicked or impersonated by others, he should be distinguished from:

Costa Verde is indeed the same country which the Living Laser attempted to takeover, way back in Avengers#35.


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Avengers III#29, p2 (main)
Avengers III#30, p19, pan7 (head)


Appearances:
Avengers III#28-30 (May-July, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey, Dick Giordano (#29) & Scott Hanna (#30) (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 05/01/05

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