Vanuatu or the New Hebrides is a group of islands located in the South Pacific Ocean. Here it includes New Caledonia, where natives dance the Pilupilu dance when the moon is full. On the islands powerful Big Men are the chiefs. Status, power and rank are important, and tattoos emphasize the difference in rank. But only when a Big Man has enough status he is entitled to certain designs. Girls from prominent families are also allowed to be tattooed. The higher the father’s rank, the more tattoos a girl can have. If she marries a Big Man she receives extra tattoos, as befits her exceptional position.

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