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27 July 2016

Wordless Wednesday | Ta Moko (Maori Tattoos) In New Zealand


Wordless Wednesday is supposed to be about posting a photo(s) without any words. But, I'm a rule breaker, so here are a few words:

1 - Tā moko are the traditional body and face markings of the indigenous Māori people of New Zealand. They're a sign of cultural identity and an art form. 

2 - I took a Te Reo Māori language class when I lived in New Zealand. It was interesting to learn about the Māori culture through studying their language.

3 - I don't have any tattoos. I avoid pain at all costs.

What words does this picture bring to your mind when you look at it?

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    1. Pain is best avoided at all costs from my perspective. So, I admire people that go through so much pain to get a tattoo. You know they must really want it.

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  2. I think that is one of the coolest tattoos that I have ever seen!

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  3. t immediately reminds me of how much I loved visiting New Zealand and learning about their culture.

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    1. New Zealand is such a great country. I've never met anyone who said that they didn't enjoy their visit there.

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  4. I don't like pain, either! :)

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    1. I'm guessing you don't have any tattoos either :-)

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  5. I don't like pain either and I promised my mother I'd never get a tattoo. I've kept that promise.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ☺

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    1. I don't think my mother would be very happy if I got a tattoo. That's another good reason not to get one.

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  6. Those tattoos are so amazing! We saw loads of them in French Polynesia, where basically everyone has them. It is a big part of their culture and identity and it is a magnificent art form over there as well. Yes, I couldn't resist and got one as well, even though I NEVER planned on ever having a tattoo! :-)

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    1. Yours is a great one and a wonderful reminder of your time there.

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  7. Yes, pain is what comes to me too! I can't imagine what it must feel like to have that done to your face. I have no tattoos, but I have one piercing in each ear, no more. That was painful enough for me.

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    1. I know - having that done on your face must be incredibly painful!

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  8. Uh, no tattoos for me...I have 2 earring holes in each earlobe, and that is enough for me. I do love learning about culture, and peoples though, very fascinating. I recently had to do a seemingly endless, mindless chore, so I put an audiobook on my phone and spent the time listening to "Customs of the World - Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are." It is what Audible calls one of their "Great Courses". I really enjoyed it and learned quite a bit about cultures around the world. I would sit down with this gentleman anytime, and listen to him about his way of life. Do you think that is curiosity or being nosy?

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    1. I'm going to go with curiosity, otherwise that would mean I'm a nosy person too :-)

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  9. The word that immediately came to my mind was "brave".

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    1. Definitely - you'd have to be very brave to do that.

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  10. Well...I've never understood the need for tattoos but respect the right of each person's choice to have or have not.

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  11. I like looking at them on other people but would never get one myself because of the pain factor and the fact that they're permanent. I change my mind way too often to have the same tattoo for life.

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