It continued with the missionaries who brought their canticles and hymns. A link between heaven and earth. The sons taught it to other men who made extensive use of it. Consequently, the great majority of motifs as well as the technique itself of tattooing were lost forever. These words define the Mana in a precise situation, a particular context, from a specific point of view.
Tahiti and French Polynesian Culture
Consequently, the great majority of motifs as well as the technique itself of tattooing were lost forever.
Tattooing was probably already in existence among the successive waves of peoples who migrated from South East Asia, first to the eastern Polynesian islands, then the western islands, beginning in the second century BC. One of the fundamental aspects of tattooing was its sacred nature. There are a multitude of legends concerning the origins of the tatau.