Scarification and Cicatrisation among African cultures
I joined the thread to point this out.
So tattoos and putting metal on your face is not scarring yourself? It is cool, sexy, modern and funky, not self-hate?
Let Lady Gaga or Rihanna get one of this tribal designs and see how the herd will follow and think it is cool, sexy, modern and funky.
this is not a form of mutilation or self hatred, cultures all over the world mark thier bodies as a form of beauty, closeness with thier religious icons, tribal status, family tribe, an so forth. while scaring is more common in africa and the south pacific, it can be found in many other ancient cultures on every inhabited continent. just as tattooing was more prominent in the lighter skined areas, it as well was used for the same purpose again on every inhabited continent. piercings another example, used on every continent for the previosly stated reasons.
there is one tribe, who when the boys are about 11 they cut thier entire body to look like the crocodile.