Top 10 meanings of your Polynesian tattoo, tribal is awesome

Rihanna has one on hand, as for The Rock, he has almost as many as Teheiura from Koh Lanta. Fashions pass, but Polynesian tattoos continue to dress the skin and make the body speak. Top 10 tattoo meanings from Tahiti, New Zealand and beyond.

1. The Sun

The sun does not only give people the same color, it can also, in the form of a Polynesian tattoo, reflect a whole bunch of values ​​that are supposed to represent you, such as authority and charisma (even if between us, a tattoo does not ever made anyone better than they really are). If you like symbols, you will be happy to learn that the sun is also the symbol of greatness, wealth and rebirth. If with all this, you do not shine in society…

2. The gecko

You didn’t know it, but the little lizard that spoiled your nights for you this summer, with its little nocturnal cries, is actually an apparition of the Polynesian Gods. According to other equally knowledgeable people, geckos represent our ancestors and are able to communicate with the Gods, watch what happens in the afterlife and bring good luck to people around us. Conclusion: with a gecko tattoo, there are more lizards.

3. The Tiki

In Polynesian culture and especially Maori, Tiki are divine figures, half-man half-gods, supposed to protect us from the dangers that surround us. The grimaces during the New Zealand haka refer to the Tiki. Finally, know that they would also work as a lucky charm and as a remedy against evil spirits. On the other hand, still no confirmation as to its effectiveness on the return of the loved one.

4. The turtle

The turtle is to the Polynesians what the cow is to the Indians, or the Maltese to the bourgeoises of the 16th century: a sacred animal. Able to move freely between Earth and the ocean – considered the world beyond – the turtle is said to facilitate the passage of souls after death to their final resting place. A turtle as celestial transport, it is Terry Pratchett who must be happy (cf. the great A’Tuin in the novel The Annals of the Discworld). For the more down-to-earth, a Polynesian turtle tattoo would also be a symbol of fertility and family. It’s true that if you look closely, she has almost the same face as grandpa.

5. The ocean

We saw it just before, in Polynesia, the sea is considered both the place where their ancestors rest (yes the same place as where the fish fuck) and a source of subsistence and therefore of life. Polynesian wave-shaped tattoos reflect this duality. They are a tribute to those who came before us, as well as a symbol of prosperity. Incidentally, they can also remind you of your last vacation in La Grande-Motte or Hendaye (still more recommendable in terms of waves).

6. Enata

The Enata is a traditional motif of Polynesian culture and more particularly that of the Marquesas. It symbolizes humans and Gods, but its meaning evolves depending on the other elements that surround it in a tattoo. The Enata can thus evoke the family, a birth, or the rank in society. If the design is tattooed upside down, it will evoke an enemy. It seems that The Rock would have many tattooed on his arm. It must be said that he has room… him.

Below, the enata is in the right image on the inside of the elbow. He looks like an upside-down guy showing off his biceps like a competitive bodybuilder.

7. Seashells

Rather than getting a scallop tattoo on your shoulder, opt for Polynesian seashells instead. It is much more discreet and if you are asked what they symbolize, you can answer that it is a metaphor of the shield, of intimacy, even of marriage. Like what, you can be tattooed and have something other than a mollusc as a brain.

8. Shark teeth

Also called “ma’o niho” in the Polynesian language, shark teeth tattoos represent the idea of ​​shelter, power and adaptability. And like everything that comes from the sea, sharks are also a Polynesian God. The advantage of being a polytheist is to multiply the chances of being well received, once on the other side.

The vertical patterns in the center of the shoulder represent shark teeth.

9. The Marquess Cross

Getting a tattoo of any cross always amounts to displaying your beliefs (croix-yance) as a good self-respecting proselyte. The Marquess cross does not preach for any parish in particular, just the idea of ​​a harmony between the elements (air, water, earth, fire… and Coca Cola). And that’s already not bad.

10. Spearheads

Another pattern that could be likened to filling in Polynesian tattoos. Nay, the spearheads are there to testify to your strength and your toughness in combat, even if the only time you fought was in 6th grade, against your little brother and he gave you a beating. But that, luckily no one will know by looking at your Polynesian tattoo.

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