" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

July 27, 2018

Did the Hei-tiki Originate from Egypt?

One of my New Zealand hei-tikis
On the 24th of May this year I went to see the 'Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives' exhibit at the Queensland Museum and came across something that reminded me of the
New Zealand Hei-tiki.
And I had just seen the movie 'Whale Rider' on DVD that week, so that image was still fresh in my mind at the time.

Jade Maori Fish Hook
Remember when we Aussies used to fish for whales?
Fishing in Eden?
"One theory of the origin of the hei-tiki suggests a connection with Tiki, the first man in Māori legend.
According to Horatio Gordon Robley, there are two main ideas behind the symbolism of hei-tiki: they are either memorials to ancestors, or represent the goddess of childbirth, Hineteiwaiwa.
The rationale behind the first idea is that they were often buried when their kaitiaki (guardian) died and would be later retrieved and placed somewhere special to be brought out in times of tangihanga (mourning and associated activities).
Because of the connection with Hineteiwaiwa, hei-tiki were often given to a woman by her husband's family if she was having trouble conceiving.
Robley, author of A History of the Maori Tiki, suggested a similarity of some tiki to images of Buddha, which were often fashioned in green jade.
He believed they may have been a forgotten memory, in debased form, of these."
Both the Egyptian figure and the New Zealand Hei-tiki have connections to childbirth it seems, too.
What the whales know?
Scenes from the movie 'Whale Rider'
I hope PaIKEA isn't of Swedish origin?-)
I have my two Hei-tikis hanging either side of  my computer screen now.
I could be wrong with my Egyptian theory and you can poke your tongue at it if you want to.
Just sayin'.


  1. Well-known link between Egyptian Bes & the tiki figure.
    "The ugly, but beloved little dwarf god, Bes of Southern Egypt, protector of pregnant women, mothers and children. He is shown here in typical stance, with his very pronounced "V" brow or forehead, which became the "V" forehead depression in the Tiki pendant. Generally, he would be shown with hands on hips or upper thighs and bandy legged, which became the adjoined arms and leg features on the Tiki pendant. He was often depicted as having big round "google" eyes, another attribute of the Tiki design. Or,
    "Most likely the Maori concept of deity Tiki didn't sprout in Maori culture but is derived from an Egyptian god (even more likely from another African country like Somali). This deity is commonly known as the Egyptian god Bes."
    Coupla links for these quotes:

  2. and....both Maori & Egypytian women noted for chin tattoos, fairly rare phenomenon in the world.

    1904 quote: THROUGH the kindness of the “Otago Witness,” we are enabled to reproduce some pictures showing the similarity of the tattoo marks in some women of Assouan, Upper Egypt, and the ordinary kauae or chin tattooing of Maori women.

  3. check out "Bowl of Light" by Hank Wesselman. The lineage is real!