Polynesian symbolism, tattoos from the southsea and native marquesian culture

 polynesian tattoo, tattoo designs, meanings and their origin


 

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Face

Women often tattoo their lips. The pattern, which is often build of four to six vertical lines tattooed over the lips. The name of this tattoo is koniho. Ko is a stick for digging and niho is the tooth. Together it could be translated with toothpick.


 

Ears

Even more often, women have their ears tattooed. Usually it’s a small chaplet on the earlap and a bow around the earlap often with lash or aniatapatterns.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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