03. 07. EN. Estilo Polinesio ~ Maori Murph

What it is
The Polynesian tattoo  has become one of the most popular tribal tattoos. it could also be said that at this moment its the style that best represents us. In fact it is similar to a prehistoric representation of the art of tattooing.

Polynesian tattoos are divided into different styles with well-defined origins and aesthetic meanings, which makes each Polynesian style unique.

It could not be otherwise, if we consider that the geographical area of Polynesia has an area of 30,000,000 km2, almost twice the size of South America.

The Polynesian styles are: Samoan, Tahitian, Marquesian, New Zealander and Maori.

The Polynesian triangle is formed by the space between the islands of Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island.

Polynesian tattoos embody their codes, beliefs and customs, and although they have a language and certain features common to all the islands, the differences are obvious. Tattoos are a means in which they express their ways of life, it is not simply an art.

They tell the stories of  family, religious beliefs and social class. For the Maori warriors it also symbolizes the transition from childhood into the adult world. Becoming part of the initiation rituals, hence their symbols always have many that represent protection.

The traditional Polynesian tattoo process is quite painful and it takes a lot of courage and spirituality.

Those who have thought of tattooing a Polynesian design should do a prior search of the story they want to get done and get advice from a true Polynesian art expert who can prepare their personal tattoo.

In the Polynesian tribes, the most tattooed warriors are held in high esteem as each of their tattoos tells  a story of courage, and they are seen as the handsomest men. The most common Polynesian tattoo type that have a grater history and tradition are

Etua is the religious and spiritual representation.

Enata indicates the social status of the family and its island of origin, as well as the position in the tribe.

The Polynesian tattoo is being distorted in its expansion throughout Europe and America, having ignored the meaning of its traces, becoming something purely aesthetic, without much knowledge its dirtying the essence and purity of Polynesian art.

Origin: Polinesian culture and art (1000 b.c.e.).

References: Polineasian mythology.

Usal motifs: Polinesian symbolism.
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