Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Ku – The Ancient Tiki God of War & Strength
In ancient mythic Hawaii, from fire spewing volcanoes too powerful crashing surf, ancient Hawaiians filled their amazing land and history with tiki gods. Ancient oracles of Hawaiian kahunas perched on volcanic cliffs, carved wooden tikis peering through the rainforest, mystic caves along the cost and great tiki god temples of sacrifice were located amongst the Hawaiian tiki villages and islands. They were worshipped through human sacrifice, chants (for wealth, death or love), prayers, surfing and lava sledding.
In Hawaiian mythology Ku is one of the four great gods along with the ancient tiki gods, Kanaloa, Kane, and Lono. He was the husband of the goddess Hina, suggesting a complementary dualism as the word ku in the Hawaiian language means "standing up" while one meaning of 'hina' is 'fallen down.'
Ku is worshipped under many names, including Ku-ka-ili-moku, the "Seizer of Land" (a feather-god, the guardian of Kamehameha). Rituals included human sacrifice, which was not part of the worship of the other gods. Ku, Kane, and Lono caused light to shine in upon the world. They are uncreated gods who have existed from eternity.
This giant 12 foot Tiki Ku can be seen at The Holokai Grill in Waikiki, where the Tikimaster crew help to decorate the new restaurant.
For a full selection of tiki Ku to purchase, visit Tikimaster.com. There you can find Ku of all sizes and carved out of several types of wood. For the new or avid tiki collector, this piece is a must have for your collection!