A Polynesian Club was often thought of as a warrior's most cherished possession. Polynesian weapons were often decorated with local motifs or scenes from popular myths and legends. Notches carved onto the handle, as well as teeth or ivory inlays on the grip, indicated kills made with the weapon. A club achieved it's own "mana" this way and had a life and power of it's own. Clubs like this were revered and eventually donated to the gods of war or the temple where they were used in rites and ceremonies.