Although most see a ''Tiki'' as a once popular Lawn and Garden Decoration – as well as some Bars and Pubs The Tiki has a much more revered position in South Pacific Culture. Originally trace to The Maori, ''Tiki'' was the physical representation of ''The First Man''. As such, Tiki was so honored as being ''The Father'' of The Maori. Hand carved of a variety of wood, the simplistic carving is usually accompanied by smaller carvings of various Gods and Spirits. The Tiki is very similar to The Native American Totem. Other Island Cultures identify The Tiki as an Icon of many Gods and Protective Spirits. Normally, Tiki's are NOT painted (a ''fashion'' more adopted by 20th Century Western Tourists – who purchased smaller versions as Gifts). Tiki's are also said to be allowed to slowly decompose with age and exposure to the Elements. To ''burn'' or ''cut up'' a Tiki will visit GREAT calamity upon the person who performed this task.