What are Tiki totem poles and how do they fit in to urban lifestyles? These poles are wooden blocks that were carved into the likeness of Tiki gods and ancestors. Although Tiki figures and other carved totem poles originated several miles apart from each other, there are a lot of parallels in their histories. Both of these figures originated several centuries ago and their meanings are not completely understood by modern man.
Tiki imagery and stories about the Tiki culture largely originated from the Polynesian islands. Due to the lack of concrete information as regards Tiki history, there are a lot of versions and concepts regarding the origin and meaning of Tiki figures. The generally accepted belief is that these figures are meant to represent Tiki ancestors or gods. This belief may have gained wide acceptance due to the fact that most Tiki figures in Polynesia are found in the entrances to ancient religious sites. Through the years, Tiki figures and carvings have also become a symbol of ancient Polynesian customs.
There are also other cultures and tribes that use carvings to depict spiritual and religious imagery. The Indian tribes of Alaska, Canada, and the Northwestern United States even carve their monuments from trees. Unlike the Tiki, however, Indians usually employ the symbolism of animals in their carvings. Their similarity lies in the fact that their origins are both surrounded by so much mystery. Furthermore, it is generally understood that the animal in Indian totem poles is central to the meaning of the pole itself, much like the manner in which the Tiki figure is carved on a pole reflects its meaning.
Today, the term “totem” is used to refer to any carved wooden pole adorned with images of persons or animals along its length. The distinctive Tiki totem poles are now being used as symbolic works of art. In fact, these poles are now available in a wide range of diameters and lengths. They are considered a great choice for both indoor and outdoor decorating. Full-length poles make for beautiful decor pieces in a spacious backyard, while smaller versions can serve as the perfect centerpiece to be used in holding Tiki-themed parties. As a matter of fact, many people now use the Tiki decorating style as the central theme to special events as well as intimate gatherings of family and friends.
During these occasions, a Tiki bar is usually set up and Tiki torches strategically installed to give the perfect tropical island ambiance. The bar and the torches may be enough to set the right mood for a tropical party and invite guests to dance to island-inspired music, but Tiki totem poles can make the experience even more memorable by adding a touch of mystery, especially if your party is held at night. You may even get medium-sized totem poles, which can double up as bar stools aside from being excellent decorative pieces. However you decide to use these poles, and whatever size of totem poles you choose, they are sure to be a great way to adorn your bar in authentic Tiki fashion.