Polynesian symbolism, tattoos from the southsea and native marquesian culture
Origin of these patterns and ornaments of Marquesan tattooart is the god
Tiki respectively idols of Tiki. There was a process in which these
sculptures were formed into linear sturctures, so that a lot of new possible
motives were generated. If we look at a linear stylized tikifigure, weíll
immediately notice some relations to Marquesian tattoopatterns.
Kake are easy to find in this stylized tikifigure or
at least we can understand their relations. But this is just on small part
of possible tikivariations.
can be classified into two types: Standing manikins and sitting manikins.
The standing ones have got horizontal thighs and their buttom is in the same
height like their knees, so that there is a gap between their legs.
One example for a row of standing etuavariations is the pattern called
enata (translation: man). This pattern shows a close connection to the
chesspatterns from handcraft, discussed earlier. So you can see that a
distinction isnít easy in all cases.