Facial tattoos are a sacred tradition of Maori women

Facial tattoos are a sacred tradition of Maori women

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Maori women are traditionally tattooed on the chin during adolescence. This drawing, called "moko kauae", is considered a visual manifestation of their personality. Maori believe that every woman wears her "moko" inside, at the heart, and when it "matures", the tattoo artist can only depict it. These portraits of Maori women were made in the early twentieth century.

Facial tattoos are a sacred tradition of Maori women

Facial tattoos are a sacred tradition of Maori women

Maori are the indigenous inhabitants of New Zealand, and this form of body art came to them from Polynesia.

Facial tattoos are a sacred tradition of Maori women

Maori consider the face to be the most sacred part of the body, so they do tattoos on the face most often. Moko kauae pattern consists of curved lines and spiral patterns.

Facial tattoos are a sacred tradition of Maori women

Often these tattoos covered the entire face and were a symbol of social status, rank, power and prestige.

Facial tattoos are a sacred tradition of Maori women

For the Maori people, tattooing meant a rite of passage, so it was very revered and ritualized. The tattoo was usually done in adolescence.

Facial tattoos are a sacred tradition of Maori women

Maori still cannot find two identical tattoos: each of them is unique. The drawing is always very complex and detailed, it demonstrates both the skill and talent of the artist, and the beauty of the culture of the tribe.

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Keywords: Body art | Women | Faces | New zealand | Tattoos | Photo portraits

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