Login

Pride in culture and country

“In western cultures, a body tattoo is an object of adornment; in Samoa it is a sacred covenant between the bearer and the earth and community that support him or her.”

Four individuals respected that covenant when they marked their bodies with the traditional Samoan tatau and Malu. Their tattoos depict their culture, values and it tells the world who they are.

Gekoand Marina Keil, ParatisoFoaiaulimaTuitamaAi’vavao, and GaberielPaese-Sia of the OZKI Band underwent the agonising pain of the traditional Samoan tattoo by tufuga,Su’aSuluapeLafaele, SuluapeFa’amanatu, and SuluapeFa’alili.

“Once the tapping begins, you must be mentally and physically prepare to endure hours of pain as the sharp teeth of the various instruments are etched onto your skin, muscle, sinew and bone to leave this indelible testimony to your covenant,” said Gaberiel.

Gaberielsaid the feeling is hard to forget.



THE NEW COMMENTS PROCESS

To make comments, you will need to register. You can register under your real name or use a 'screen' name. This way, people will be able to follow comments and make comments back and forth to each other. If you choose to use a 'screen name' no one will know your true identity. In either case, no email addresses will be available to anyone. It is an automated process. If you have questions, email: webmaster@samoanews.com

You currently are not logged in, please LOGIN to post comments.