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Tattoos in American Samoa

May 19, 2014
Young Samoan man with traditional tatau

Young Samoan man with traditional tatau

The tatau or tattoo as seen on this young man symbolizes a rite of passage into manhood. Its intricate designs and motifs carry special meaning and significance to the wearer. The tatau for men is called pe’a, but for the women it is known as the malu.

However, the process of tatau can be very excruciating and painful, but rewarding in the end. Learn more about Samoan culture right here as part of National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

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  1. July 1, 2014 1:36 am

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