Hina-‘ere’ere-manu’a

August 30th, 2008 by sabrina

Hina-‘ere’ere-manu’a is the Tahitian Goddess of tattooing. Her parents, Hina and Ti’i, kept her hidden away, until one day she was spied by the Gods Tu Ra’i Po and Mata Mata Arahu. They decided to seduce her, and used charcoal to draw designs on one another. Hina-‘ere’ere-manu’a was fascinated by the designs and wanted one for herself. She managed to evade her mother and snuck out to get a tattoo. Her name means “Hina with the quick temper.”

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