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Making multiple skins : tattooing and identity formation in French Polynesia

Kuwahara, Makiko


This thesis examines hoe people situate themselves in the world, physically and ideologically through manipulating the body. Acknowledging that the body is constructed socially and culturally, it analyses tattooing of contemporary Tahiti in French Polynesia, on the basis of ethnographic fieldwork. Tahitian tattooing was embedded in a social and cosmological system in the pre/ early contact period, and it had been transformed through interaction with Europeans and Christianization. Since...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d7635e095bb6


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