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|Photos of tattoos,
and presentation of:
Kai Uwe Faust
From Tahiti comes the word: Tattoo!
The explorer Captain Cook came to Tahiti in the 1700-hundreds, and
heard the natives call it "ta-tau". He brought the word to
The double ta-ta does not relate to the sound, but to an act that is
done with your hand. U means colour.
The repetitive ta-ta tells that you with your hands beat
several (two) times, to get the colour u into the skin.
Other sources tells us that it may be more complicated. In Samoan the word tatau means "must, necessary, appropriate" - because it is necessary to get a tattoo in life.
*) Thanks to Michel Yieng Kow for the information.
Both photos are from the book:
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