In Polyneisan culture it was traditional to have tiki statues that represented cultural gods.
Ancient Hawaiian culture there were many gods that represented different aspects of life, war, fertility, peace and the environment.
The most celebrated of the Hawaiian gods were; Ku, Lono, Kane and Kanaloa.
Ancient Hawaiians honored their gods by building large wooden statues that were seen in their heiau, Hawaiian temples.
Ku is the Hawaiian god of war, virility, masculinity and certain types of healing, crafts another cultural practices. The god Ku required his own temples where the ancient Hawaiian priest would make sacrifices to him. The word "ku" in the Hawaiian language has many meanings. The most translated definition is "to stand, to rise"
Kane is the Hawaiian god that represents life and everything that is associated with life: water, sunlight and the winds. Kane also represented the god of procreation. Kane was the creator and giver of life. The word "kane" is translated in Hawaiian as "man."
Kanaloa is the Hawaiian god of the ocean, also known as the squid god. The ancient Hawaiian fishermen would call upon Kanaloa for protection when they would spear, fish or travel by ocean. Translated in Hawaiian, the word "kanaloa" is "a sea shell; young stage of a fish." It also means "secure, immovable."
The Maori culture celebrated their tribal ancestors with their version of a tiki statue called the, Teko Teko. These tiki statues were normally found in and around meeting houses. These figures represent guardianship and protection.
Bring the Polynesian spirit of these tikis into your home. These would be a great piece for your home Polynesian decor.
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