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Te Manaia Tattoo Meaning

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In Maori art, architecture, ceremonial tools and weapons, there is a familiar figure-eight shaped creature, known as the manaia.

This mythological creature is often depicted having the head of the bird and body of a man, or sometimes as a bird, serpent or human figure in profile.

The manaia is traditionally believed to be the messenger between the world or mortals and that of the spirits. It is also a symbol of protection against evil.

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