The word tiki most often refers to an enigmatic humanoid figure intended to represent the legend of the first man, deified ancestors, or other gods from the indigenous cultures in the South Seas. More broadly, tiki has come to encompass the entire history, art, and religion of the Oceania region—made up of Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia—or how Westerners perceive and interpret that culture. What we generally think of as a tiki is a...Continue Reading
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