Tuesday, March 9, 2010
This is a great shot of me cuddling up with a Hawaiian Tiki God.
Tikis are carved from wood or stone. You can find them all over Polynesia including Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island.
Tikis are not just scary statues. Some Polynesians believe that Tiki was the first man ever created…kind of like Adam.
The ancient Polynesians carved Tikis to look like their gods or goddesses. These people believed that the Tiki sculpture contained the spirit of that god.
Tikis became popular with people outside of Polynesia around the 1950’s, after WWII. These days you will have no problem finding both tacky and nice Tiki souvenirs to bring home.