Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Moko, Tattoo

Tā moko is the permanent body and face marking by Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. In my birth country, Sarawak, the natives also have their tattoos. The patterns of the KORU/Spirals are similar.
My brother in law Kalang is a Kelabit. The Kelabits have the traditional Kelabit tattoos, elongated pierced earlobes and heavy brass or hornbill-ivory ear rings. In fact, Kalang had elongated earlobes until he went to school in town. There, under peer pressure, much to his mum's displeasure, he cut it off.

1 comment:

Bitsa Lit said...

He cut his earlobes off!!! :-O ouch! that would be like me ripping of my thumb!