Tiki Statues

Tiki Statues

Tiki Statues

In Maori mythology, Tiki is the first man created by either Tumatauenga or Tane. He found the first woman, Marikoriko, in a pond; she seduced him and he became the father of Hine-kau-ataata. By extension, a Tiki is a large or small wooden or stone carving in humanoid form, although this is a somewhat archaic usage in the Maori language. Carvings similar to tikis and coming to represent deified ancestors are found in most Polynesian cultures. They often serve to mark the boundaries of sacred or significant sites.

In traditions from the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, the first human is a woman created by Tane, god of forests and of birds. Usually her name is Hine-ahu-one. In other legends, Tane makes the first man, Tiki, then makes a wife for him. In some West Coast versions, Tiki himself, as a son of Rangi and Papa, creates the first human by mixing his own blood with clay, and Tane then makes the first woman. Sometimes Tumatauenga, the war god, creates Tiki. In another story the first woman is Marikoriko. Tiki marries her and their daughter is Hine-kau-ataata. In some traditions, Tiki is the penis of Tane. In fact, Tiki is strongly associated with the origin of the reproductive act.

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