When was the last time you remember truly thinking about a tiki? When was the last time you remember seeing one? If they are commonly found in a given area, Tikis can be largely ignored. They almost become invisible. That is a bit of a shame for tikis have much to offer. If we can simply allow ourselves a fresh view of them we may find that tikis can truly be a lot of fun, can make your home or living space all the more interesting and give you some measure of happiness and enjoyment.
You might think, “who cares?” Tikis are just decorations some businesses use to dress things up a bit. Actually, unless you really just don’t like them (yes, there are some people that don’t), there are several reasons.
First, tikis look cool, in a really basic and simple sort of way. True, compared to other kinds of statues, they are pretty crude. It is, however, this very basic simplicity that makes them so cool. Without being as polished as a marble figure from a renaissance master, they still have a very powerful effect. Tikis are part of the Polynesian culture from a long time ago. The thought of those ancient times and what their tikis represented to them really captures the mind.
Polynesian culture is a vast and interesting subject unto itself, and worthy of study for those interested. For the purposes of this article, however, it will be sufficient to understand that tiki statues represent the “First Man.” It was thought that the “First Man” was, himself, a god and that all Hawaiian people descended from him. There were other gods as well, typically including the god of war, the god of agriculture, the god of creation and the god of the sea. When a tiki statue was created, if the god it represented was pleased he would actually inhabit the statue and provide strength, power and protection to the people.
Last but not least, tikis can actually help provide a great way to vicariously experience the beauty of the tropics. One does not necessarily need to live in Hawaii to experience the intrigue and relaxation of the tropics. It doesn’t have to just include a tiki statue, either. Tiki huts, tiki bars, tiki torches and tiki parties, because of their association with idyllic, far off places, can help bring paradise just that much closer.
With all of the benefits tikis and various aspects of tiki culture have, the phrase comes to mind: “What’s not to like?” Why not put a little tiki into your life? Most of the things associated with the tiki lifestyle are easy to get, and usually not too expensive.
For those do-it-yourselfers among you, most tiki themed items are not that hard to make. Even tiki statues and tiki huts can be made, although they might require a bit more time and energy.
For those not quite so ambitious, a tiki party may be an easy and fun way to start. Usually tiki party items are cheap, easy to get and give you a lot of “bang for the buck.”
Hopefully some of these ideas will help you think about tikis with new appreciation. Good luck, and consider adding a bit of tiki to your life. If you’re really interested in tikis be sure to read the article”How To Carve A Tiki Statue.” Another way to experience that tropical feel of the South Seas might be with your own landscape. If that sounds appealing, check out How To Create A Tropical Paradise With Your Landscape.. This article, Appreciating The Tiki Lifestyle is available for free reprint.