Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Motives For Polynesian Tattoo

Here are some of the reasons the Polynesian people had tattoos:

  • The tattoos were a symbol of courage. The tattoo process was very painful and a lot of perseverance was needed to endure the long tattoo sessions.
  • Getting the first tattoo marks the transition between childhood and adulthood. It is a rite of passage.
  • Tattoos added to the sexual attractiveness of a man.
  • Tattoos offered protection, they were a talisman.
  • Polynesian tattoos read like a book. By looking at a tattoo, insiders get to know the social status and rank of the tattooed person.

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