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Niho Mano – Shark teeth Tattoo Meaning


Shark teeth, known as niho mano in Polynesian language, is perhaps the most common motif in Polynesian tattoos. The pattern of triangles, arranged in a row to represent shark teeth, is incorporated in the designs of nearly all large tattoo pieces.

As the shark is a sacred fish to the sea-faring Polynesians, the niho mano symbolizes protection, guidance, power, ferocity and adaptability. It is also believed that bearing the niho mano tattoo can protect one from shark attacks when at sea.    

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