The word tattoo, or tattow in the 18th century, is a loanword from the Samoan word tatau, meaning "to strike". The Oxford English Dictionary gives the etymology of tattoo as "In 18th c. tattaow, tattow. From Polynesian (Samoan, Tahitian, Tongan, etc.) rusobraz.info Marquesan, tatu."Before the importation of the Polynesian word, the practice of tattooing had been described in the West as painting.
History and Ethnic Relations Emergence of the Nation. The first known civilization to inhabit the region of present-day Sudan were the Meroitic people, who lived in the area between the Atbara and Nile Rivers from B.C.E. until B.C.E., when the city of Meroe was ransacked by the Ethiopians.. At about this time, three Christian kingdoms—Nobatia, Makurra, and Alwa—came into power in.