Infinite Ancestors, Healing and Protection
Sterling Silver; cast, oxidized, hand-finished.
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These earrings are inspired by a tattoo motif shared by indigenous Filipino people in northern Luzon including the Kalinga and Ifugao people, as well as Polynesians. In the Philippines, the centipede motif is commonly known as gayaman, and has many different meanings. Some saw centipedes as messengers from the ancestors, others thought it may offer the wearer protection from poisons and general harm.
In the book, Filipino Tattoos, Lane Wilcken also suggests that each centipede leg may represent an ancestor, "...not only reaching back through time but also into the future, reminding the wearer that their heritage and posterity would continue forever." The centipede tattoo motif is also very similar to a medicinal fern tattoo motif often given to healers in the community.
Transferring this motif onto triangle forms worn on each ear keeps the wearer's infinite ancestors close and within ear shot, providing quick access to infinite reserves of healing and protection.
Paying it Forward
When you purchase this item I will donate 15% of my profits to organizations that support indigenous rights and work to preserve ancestral knowledge; 5% will go to the Sinixt Nation, 5% will go to RAVEN, and 5% will go to Tao Foundation for Arts & Culture.
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Due to the handmade nature of this product please allow for slight variation in texture as you may not receive the exact item pictured.