Mau Moko: The World of Maori Tattoo

Mau Moko The World of Maori Tattoo In the traditional M ori world the moko the facial or body tatoo was a sign of great mana and status Male warriors wore elaborate tatoos on their faces and bodies women took delicate chin tatoos Af

  • Title: Mau Moko: The World of Maori Tattoo
  • Author: Ngahuia Te Awekotuku
  • ISBN: 9780824832537
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the traditional M ori world, the moko, the facial or body tatoo, was a sign of great mana and status Male warriors wore elaborate tatoos on their faces and bodies women took delicate chin tatoos After almost dying out in the twentieth century, M ori tatooing is now experiencing a powerful revival, with many young M ori wearing the moko as a spectacular gesture oIn the traditional M ori world, the moko, the facial or body tatoo, was a sign of great mana and status Male warriors wore elaborate tatoos on their faces and bodies women took delicate chin tatoos After almost dying out in the twentieth century, M ori tatooing is now experiencing a powerful revival, with many young M ori wearing the moko as a spectacular gesture of racial pride Man Moko is a magnificent look at the moko, from pre European times to the present day It examines the use of tatooing by traditional and contemporary M ori and links it to other aspects of M ori culture Gender issues are considered along with tatooing techniques both old and new The book features case studies of modern M ori who have made a personal decision to be tatooed the role and status of tatooers and exploitation of the moko in popular culture around the world by figures such as rock singers and football players Mau Moko is superbly illustrated with paintings, photographs, and drawings from traditional times and by new color photography by Becky Nunes commissioned for the book.

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    1. People say, 'Tā moko touched me', and 'I trust that my ghosts - my special guardians - will help me here.' It is about sensing things in a different way, for when you do moko, you are hitting more than the skin. It's surrender, of the physical being to the forces of the emotional, the mental, the spiritual, and it happens three times over.Here is a subject I knew nothing about: moko, or Māori tattoos. Mau Moko delves deep into the history of this cultural practice and the world that surrounded [...]

    2. "ko is like a heraldic language, or system of meaning."This was excellent. A well researched exploration on the history, process, meaning, and acceptance of Maori tattoos. This is a beautifully constructed book filled with imagery, photographs, and personal stories. I want to share one of those stories that touched me:"I also wanted to wear the puhoro to recognize the colonization the most of our men have had, in terms of not treating our women properly, but also being part of the healing proces [...]

    3. If you're going to buy only one book which has to do with the subject of tamoko, make sure this is the one. It covers all bases: history, techniques, cultural and sociological impact, etcetera, etcetera. Highly recommended!

    4. A really insightful introduction to Maori tattooing, culture, and other artistic processes. I will be buying a copy as soon as I can afford to

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