Polynesian symbolism, tattoos from the southsea and native marquesian culture

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Womenís tattoos have got the same motives and patterns like menís tattoos but they have different bodyparts tattooed. Moreover the bodyparts are decorated in a different manner.

The typical structure of menís tattoos with its black areas (pepehipu) is missing. Furthermore the female tattoos can be found mostly on legs, arms and hands, which the men donít have tattoed.

Womenís arms look very similar to menís arms, thatís why they wonít be discussed here. The most common ornament on womenís arms is ipu (see Man-Front-Chest).





















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