Maori tattoos are revealed. Discover its meaning and history!

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Maori tattoos are revealed. Discover its meaning and history!

Maori (or Maori) tattoos are part of tribal tattoos. This is an ancient body art, invented by the Maori native to New Zealand. Very popular today, this type of tribal tattoo has a rich history, a specific technique and pattern with deep symbolic significance.

Maori tattoo art is considered sacred

By this Polynesian people. Currently, these characteristic symbols are used as patterns for fashionable male and female tattoos. Wearing such tattoos is no longer reserved for members of the Maori community. But the story and meaning of tribal tattoos are still equally exciting. For those who are seduced by Maori tattoos, we provide a special folder around this body art. He will familiarize them with the history and significance of Maori tattoos and help them choose the best designs.

The bloody story discovered by Maori tattoos

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The discovery of Maori tattoos and their exciting patterns began with the expedition of British explorer James Cook. Traveling in Polynesia in the 18th century, he was familiar with Polynesian tattoo art. James Cook believes in introducing the term “tattoo” (tattoos in English) in European languages. For him, we should also understand our understanding of typical Maori patterns.

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Later, Europeans’ travel and conquest of this part of the world increased their interest in this sacred art form. The conflict between the local people and the Europeans forced the Maori to replace those who fought for weapons. In terms of tradition, these heads are decorated with tribal tattoos of the people. This is how Europeans have the opportunity to discover the details of Maori tattoos and their symbols.

What is the meaning of Maori tattoos and why is it so important?

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The Maori believe that the art of tattooing and its symbols are sacred. Maori tattoos mean to mark a stage in the lives of community members. Therefore, this is a successful ritual and it follows certain rules. Among the Maori, the first tribal tattoos were made during adolescence.

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Maori tattoos have their own vocabulary and meaningful symbols. In fact, his idea is to show the abilities of tattoo artists and the richness of Polynesian culture. The symbols are not only aimed at men, they are also worn by women.

Polynesian legend: the origin of Maori tattoos

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For Maori, the tattoo they call your MOKO , originated in the underworld. According to legend, a young warrior named Mataora fell in love with Niwareka, the princess of the underground world. The two were married, but after a while, the fighter did not respect his wife. She escaped to the underworld with her family.

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In order to regain his beautiful heart, the warrior Matalala was forced to descend into the underworld. It was here that Princess Niveka’s father taught her Maori tattoo art, then reconciled the two lovers, and then returned them to the day. After returning home, the soldiers can teach the whole art of the Maori community you MOKO .

Maori tattoos and the body parts on which it is applied

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Maori tattoos are considered sacred by the wearer. Therefore, it decorated the most sacred part of the body based on the Maori head. Men wear tattoos on their faces. The black image can cover the entire head. As for women, they wear tribal tattoos on their chins, lips and nostrils.

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In addition, among men, Maori tattoo symbols decorate other parts of the body, such as the back, hindquarters and legs. Women can wear their arms, neck and thighs.

Original Maori tattoo of character, pattern and meaning

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As we said, Maori tribal tattoos have a sacred character. For this reason, the tattooing process itself is accompanied by several rituals. These are related to the way of feeding, the attitude before, during and after the tattoo process.

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In addition, Maori tattoos are usually quite complicated. For men, facial tattoos are a way to show their social status and the status of their family members. Nobody can afford this kind of body art; it is reserved only for high-ranking people.

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A code known to the tattoo artist indicates the rules that the original Maori tattoo should follow. Part of the face is left as the story of the tattooed man (mother’s family and father’s family); other areas illustrate his own achievements and achievements.

Maori tattoo procedures can be complicated and painful

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Instead of using needles, the Maori used knives and scissors made of shark teeth, bones and stones for these tribal tattoos. Therefore, it is understandable why the Maori tattoo procedure is so painful in most cases.

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This process is carried out in two stages. The first is to cut the skin with sharp instruments; the second function is to fill the area thus obtained with ink.

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Another possibility is to use scissors dipped in natural pigments. It is then introduced into the skin by a hammer blow applied to the scissors.

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The skin treated with these instruments is decorated with natural ink. Those used on the face are black (made with charcoal); those used on other parts of the body are naturally lighter pigmented.

Maori tattoo patterns and symbols male and female and their meaning

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Maori tattoos have a very wide range of patterns and symbols, and each pattern has a specific meaning. In addition to isolated patterns, there are more complex symbols that combine multiple patterns. Their mission is to tell a story in a summary way. Below we reveal the meaning of the Maori tattoo of the two tribal tattoos.

Maori tattoo designs popular for men and women

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The spiral is called Cluj , it is the beginning, growing and dynamic harmony. The meaning of this Maori tattoo is largely inspired by fern leaves, and the spiral is expressed in a stylized way.

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The hook and fish , called hei matau , is a symbolic way of representing prosperity. This meaning originated from the fact that fish is a typical Maori food. Therefore, the abundance of food is closely related to the prosperity of individuals as well as the prosperity of communities.

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In addition, fish and hooks are images related to health and strength. Because of the natural habitat of fish, they also symbolize maritime navigation.

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The simple knot is an indication of Maori theme and stage of life. It is also a symbol of eternity, just like what we are familiar with in Western culture.

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The double junction or triple junction is described one way or two combined of two communities. These knots borrow the eternal thought of the previous theme and represent the union of life. So this is a pictorial way to describe friendship and loyalty.

Design more classic Maori tattoo designs for women and men
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Pa Kadi tattoos, also known as sticking , is a typical pattern of men. He is associated with warriors, fighting, courage and strength.

He said hikuaua mode mackerel tail , its function is representative of Taranaki region. This is part of New Zealand’s connection with the idea of ​​prosperity.

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The scale , unaunahi , is a symbol of the rich and healthy.

Motivation AHU AHU Mataroa , using a series of representatives vertical lines locked in a framework, which is a Maori show people a way to succeed in the challenges and physical fitness. More generally, this model also represents a challenge.

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The reason t aratarekae is easy to recognize, as it represents shark teeth locked in a frame. As people have guessed, its symbolic meaning is related to this dangerous fish.

The meaning of other tattoo pictures maorie

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In addition to these reasons, Maori people are used to representing two interesting images manaia and hei tiki . This is a deciphering of their meaning:

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The called mode manaia consists of mythological creatures with bird heads, human bodies and fish tails. This interesting creature symbolizes the spiritual guardians of the people. Due to its properties, it has energy in water, land and air.

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Motivation hei tiki is inspired by Maori amulets. It seems to represent the human embryo. He is known to bring good luck. Its form is also related to the symbolic value of fertility.

The meaning of a tribal Maori tattoo consists of several patterns and its stylized stories

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Maori tattoos are also characterized by the presence of patterns and image combinations with stylized story value. Here are the four most known:

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The tribal tattoo Te Ora O Maui is inspired by the stories of Maui mythological characters. He will discover the country of New Zealand (called Autearoa). The mother, who was believed to have died at birth, was thrown into the sea, and the child was rescued by the wave. As a teenager, he gained amazing power and his life was a great success.

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Maori tattoos say that Pikorua shows the ocean and the land. This is a way of showing growth and life.

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Motivation Nga Hau E Wha illustrates the four corners and four winds of the world. In addition, he conveyed a message of respect for the divine power and their omnipotence.

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The tribal tattoo Timatanga has obscured its origin and its significance is little known. It seems to represent parents and children, together represent their lives, and the moments when their paths separate.

Maori tattoo man and modern woman

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For Maori, tattoos have been an important part of their culture and lifestyle for a long time. Today, part of the tattoo tradition is regarded by some as a sign of adherence to New Zealand’s traditional culture.

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Nowadays, Maori tattoos are also very popular among different groups of people who appreciate the tradition of tribal tattoos. These tattoos are worn by women and men from all over the world and no longer need to respect the ancient principles of Maori culture.
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Rarely worn on the face, modern Maori motifs are used as tattoo ideas for men and women, for the arms, back, and legs, but also for other parts of the body. Professional tattoo artists often use traditional patterns; however, tattoos can also include elements from other cultures.

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If you want to give yourself a Maori tattoo, think about the value of the message you want to convey. Some people just fall in love with Polynesian motives; they don’t necessarily have specific information to share. Others are seduced by the complexity and meaning of the Maori model. They tend to conduct a lot of research before choosing the model that suits them best.

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The way you tattoo Maori will also determine how you will approach the tattooing process itself. If you fall into the first category, you can go to a tattoo professional who is familiar with Maori tattoos. As for the second type of people, they might turn to an expert who knows the secrets of Maori tattoos.

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