Sunday, 2 November 2014

Maori Cultural Art - Tribal Tattoo

The Maori people of New Zealand have developed a unique culture rich in tradition. The following paragraphs briefly describe Maori culture covering such topics as Maori language and Maori art. For more detailed information click here for books on Maori culture.

Tribal as a tattoo type was originally a assorted collection of different ancient tribes and cultures from around the world. Maori tattoos are a popular tattoo choice for many men. Although Maori Tribal tattoos are mainly worn by men, women do get such tattoos. Maori tattoos cultural can be designed in a variety of different ways. Maori tattoo designs are traditionally done in black ink and vary in size. However, some tattoo artist put their own twist on this type of Tribal tattoo so you may see different designs, symbols, and colors.      

The Maori Cultural are indigenous people that originated in New Zealand. They have a form of body art, known as moko but more commonly referred to as Maori tattooing. The art form was brought to the Maori from Polynesia and is considered highly sacred. Since the Maori people consider the head to be the most sacred part of the body, the most popular kind of Maori tattoo was the facial Tribal tattoo, which was composed of curved shapes and spiral like patterns. Often this tattoo covered the whole face and was a symbol of rank, social status, power and prestige.

Ta Moko tattoo

Ta Moko The origins of tamoko come from Rangi and Papa through one of their offspring called Ruaumoko who is seen as the god of earthquakes, volcanoes and subterranean activity. Tamoko is a name for Maori tattoo and the culture that surrounds it. It is a reflection of whakapapa (geneology) and history. It symbolises Maori identity and marks in time ones journey in life.

Polynesian Maori Tattoos

Maori Polynesian tattoos were born in the native land of New Zealand to the indigenous Maori people. The Maori tattoo or Ta Moko is one of the most important parts of the Maori culture. The meanings behind these tattoos are to show tribal history, family history, rank, and other identifying factors. Men and women had different styles of this tattoo but the theme is these tattoos carry a great deal of weight throughout the culture. Today, many other people outside the Maori culture are getting these kinds of tattoos much to the chagrin of the native people.

Hawaiian Tattoos

the tattoos are a bit different from other Polynesian tattoos in that they have a more personal meaning. Today, Hawaiian flowers, abstract tribals, and turtles are very popular. Specifically, one of the most popular tattoo designs in Hawaii is the hibiscus flower. To the women of Hawaii, the Hawaiian hibiscus flower is very symbolic and has a great deal of meaning. It is also the state flower of Hawaii.

Samoan Tattoos

In Samoa, these tattoos (or tatau) are very big and tell of social status and the rank of who wears it. They are an initiation in becoming a man. Until a young man’s tattooing is complete, they’re still considered boys in the culture. Women are also tattooed. Not as much as the men but much more than women in other areas.

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