Polynesia consists of a thousand islands in the Pacific Ocean. Polynesian tattoos have become very popular throughout the years. In order to appreciate them, you have to understand the meaning of Polynesian tattoos. There are two kinds of Polynesian tattoos, the Etua and the Enata. The Etua has strong religious and spiritual meaning and has magical symbols that serve as protection from the Gods. The Enata has natural designs and describes an individual’s personality, social status along with history, island of origin and occupation.

Many Polynesian tattoos mean courage, honor and protection. These are elaborate and more abstract in nature. Sharks and Shark Teeth tattoos were considered sacred, powerful and symbolize protection. Shell tattoos denote prosperity and have a considerable significance. Turtle tattoo designs mean long life and fertility. The Tiki design consists of carvings and statues of human figures. Polynesians strongly believe that it is a mythical ancestor of humans. It is portrayed with eyes closed and believed to smell a problem before it sees it.

You will be amazed at the deep meanings that a Polynesian tattoo have. Before deciding to have a Polynesian tattoo inked on your body, it would be a good idea to find out what it means so you could identify it with your own personality.

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