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The Sahlins–Obeyesekere debate is a academic controversy in anthropology about the death of the British explorer James Cook, particularly whether the native Hawaiians believed him to be the akua Lono. The debate began in 1992, when Gananath Obeyesekere published The Apotheosis of Captain Cook, which criticized the work of Marshall Sahlins on the issue.