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1 The Maori of New Zealand- Tattooing 第八組 陳冠至 薛嵐櫪 戴宏熹

2 Ta moko - traditional Māori tattooing, often on the face - is a taonga (treasure) to Māori for which the purpose and applications are sacred. What is a moko? Moko is a name for Māori tattoo and the culture that surrounds it.It is the skin art form of the Māori.

3 What's the difference between moko and tattoo? 'Tattoo' is the English version of the Tahitian word ( 塔希提字 ) tatu. Tattoo is the tradition of marking the skin with ink and needles, whereas moko is the practice of scarring and marking the skin to reflect the whakapapa (genealogy) of the Māori wearer. Moko can be seen as a cultural affirmation.


5 Do moko symbols have a meaning? All symbols have meaning, usually a tribal link that tells the background and stories of the wearer. Moko is a visual language that connects the wearer to their whakapapa.

6 Why is moko applied to the bottom? Aesthetically, the bottom is a very sensual area to look at. Traditionally, it links the back design to the designs on the backs of the legs. The spirals accentuate the roundness of the buttocks, enhancing the body.

7 Why do people get facial moko? A moko on the face is the ultimate statement of one's identity as a Māori. The head is believed to be the most sacred part of the body. To wear the moko on the face is to bear an undeniable declaration of who you are.

8 Is it only men that get moko? Women wear moko on the face too. A woman's moko is worn on the chin, as well as occasionally appearing on the forehead, upper lip, nostrils, and throat.

9 Are there any restrictions on a moko wearer? This is up to the wearer. Some people opt to make lifestyle changes as part of the process of obtaining a moko, respecting their moko by choosing to do, or not do, certain things.

10 Are moko the same today as before? Most designs have a traditional base, but there have been many changes to what was traditionally used. New moko traditions are being created to sit alongside the old.

11 Information source atures/maori-culture/maori_ta-moko- significance_feature.cfm


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