Infinite Ancestors, Healing and Protection
Sterling Silver; cast, oxidized, hand-finished.
This ring is 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.
Translating this motif into the circular, never-ending form of a ring, reminds the wearer of their ability to tap into the power of their infinite ancestors, past, present, and future; allowing them to access 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.
Quarter sizes available! If you don't see your size listed here I will make one for you. Check out my made-to-order listing here.
If you are unsure of your ring size, most commercial jewelry stores can measure it for you. Alternatively, you can purchase a plastic ring sizer, available on here.
Gift wrap is available here.
Due to the handmade nature of this product please allow for slight variation in texture as you may not receive the exact item pictured.