Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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This tattoo comes from the Flickrstream of claytonjayscott.com and is licensed by Creative Commons.
This tattoo features a Maori being called a Taniwha. They are associated with specific locales and are protectors of their local tribes. They live in deep water, either in rivers, caves or in the ocean. They are particularly closely associated with any deep body of water than can be dangerous. While they can be violent toward those that would hurt their tribe they are benevolent toward those they guard often warning them of impending danger. To learn more about these fascinating beings, visit Wikipedia.
P.S. Be sure to check out the comments to read what the owner has to say about the significance of this tattoo.