Maori/tribal tattoos by Pitbull Tattoo Phuket – Gallery
European explorers in New Zealand were very interested in the art of Maori tattooing and culture. Often Maori would take the tattooed heads of their enemies as trophies during the war and kept them in ornate boxes as symbols of power, conquest, and protections.
Because Europeans made regular contact with Maori tribes, a group of missionaries later decided to study Maori and try to convert them to the ideals of Christianity. In 1814, taking with them a chief by the name of Hongi, the Europeans sailed back to England.
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