Pikorua, The Maori Twist Symbol
The Maori twist or Pikorua resembles two interwined pikopiko ferns. Pikopiko is a pale green new-growth fern frond that thrives in shady, damp areas of the New Zealand woods. One of the more than 300 different varieties of fern shoots in NZ and is often used in cooking. Rua is the Maori word for the number two.
The entanglement has no beginning or end which refers to an eternal bond between two autonomous entities. These entities might be two persons, The pikorua symbol shows how individuals sometimes go their own way on their path of life but always come back together because of their strong bond. Hence description of pikorua as “The path of love and life”. Another common description because of its meaning is ‘two person friendship pendant’.
The Pikorua symbolizes the strength and beauty of enduring friendship and interwoven lives. It is inspired by the symbols of life and growth. Because the pikorua stands for infinite partnership, it makes it a perfect gift for lovers, newlyweds, fiancees, or others who want to emphasize their connection, their love for each other, their loyalty and friendship.
The triple twist pikorua in general refers to the interconnectedness of groups of people such as two cultures (or peoples) It also stands for the challenges and reconciliations between these groups.
More spiritual meanings are the representation of interpersonal communication, the link between body and soul, physical and spiritual awareness. Both intellectual growth as well as shared growth and wisdom are symbolized by the pikorua.