Maori Moko, or Ta Moko is the tradtional facial tattooing of the Maori tribe of New Zealand
Its memebers still practice the act of Moko with modern machines, but traditionally they where acutally carved into the face by Tohunga-Ta-Moko using a Uhi which is basically a chisel and then had soot from the burnt embers of a tree for the black coloring for the face
If the Philippines wasn’t Catholizied so early on in our history, I wonder if our traditional tattooing would have flourished?
I mean, look at these:
Fucking badass, man.
Body mods and tattooing was actually prevalent during Precolonial Philippines. Tattoos were called Batuk or patik in the Visayas during these times. Face tattoos were only limited to the fiercest and bravest of warriors, as it intimidated enemies.
Colonialism has probably killed so many cultures as it killed the Philippines’. Not hating, just saying. Hahaha