Tiki Single Sided Puzzle
One theory of the origin of the Hei Tiki suggests a connection with Tiki, the first man in Maori legend. The spiritual value of the Hei Tiki would be handed to the next generation to be worn. This is how the mana (importance) of the Hei Tiki increased and increases. The word “Hei” means to wear around the neck. Hei Tiki is a powerful good luck symbol. Tilted head is for thinking, hand is strength, mouth communication, heart is love and loin fertility. The Hei Tiki is worn as a Kaitiaki (Guardian). This Hei Tiki is hand carved out of Kahikatoa wood. Many Hei Tiki are made out of pounamu (green stone).