A long-established cultural practice with roots in Aboriginal Australia, Africa, and Papua New Guinea, scarification is gaining new adherents, as body modifications such as piercing become widely accepted. Scarification is the practice of making precise cuts to the body to create scars in a desired pattern. This captivating book explores the cultural history of scarification, ranging from initiation rituals to commemoration of the dead, and introduces readers to today's scarification trends and techniques. Vivid photographs and engrossing sidebars offer an in-depth look at practitioners of this unusual art form.
In recent decades, tattoos have gone from being a subculture curiosity in Western culture to mainstream and commonplace. This two-volume set provides broad coverage of tattooing and body art in the United States today as well as around the world and throughout human history. • Provides the most complete global overview of tattooing and body art as it exists today and throughout history, available in one resource • Addresses the major practices, their historical and cross-cultural locations, and the major cultural groups and places in which tattooing has played a central role in social and cultural practices • Covers individuals who helped popularize tattooing, the major theoretical issues surrounding tattooing, the laws and customs regarding tattooing, the many ways in which tattooing has played a role in various marketing and advertising campaigns, and the social movements that have influenced or been affected by tattooing • Includes a comprehensive list of resources such as magazines, organizations, websites, and museums devoted to tattooing as well as a glossary and comprehensive bibliography
This book is a concise reference guide to tattoos and tattooing for practising dermatologists. Beginning with an overview of the history of the tattoo, the following chapters discuss the different types of tattoo, including both cultural and medical and non-medical aesthetic motives, and the different chemicals and methods for tattooing. The following chapters cover complications of tattoos and tattoo removal, including laser removal, as well as alternatives to tattoos and industry and medical regulations. The practical text is further enhanced by clinical photographs, illustrations and tables. Key points Concise reference guide to tattoos and tattooing Covers different types of tattoos and different methods of tattooing Discusses complications and tattoo removal Features clinical photographs, illustrations and tables
'An exciting introduction to a little-known microscopic universe and to a talented new writer.' Sunday Times As read on RADIO 4'S BOOK OF THE WEEK A Sunday Times 'MUST READ' How does our diet affect our skin? What makes the skin age? And why can’t we tickle ourselves? Providing a cover for our delicate and intricate bodies, the skin is our largest and fastest growing organ. We see it, touch it and live in it every day. It's a habitat for a mesmerizingly complex world of micro-organisms and physical functions that are vital to our health and our survival. It’s also one of the first things people see about us and is crucial to our sense of identity. And yet how much do we really know about it? Through the lenses of science, sociology and history, Dr Monty Lyman leads us on a journey across our most underrated and unexplored organ and reveals how the skin is far stranger and more complex than you’ve ever imagined.
The Scientific Investigation of an Ancient American Skeleton
Author: Douglas W. Owsley
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
A thorough examination of the Kennewick Man human remains by forensic anthropologists, archaeologists, geologists, and geochemists reveals the secrets of one of the earliest human occupants of North America.
The desire to alter and adorn the human body is universal. While specific forms of body decoration, and the underlying motivations, vary according to region, culture, and era, all human societies have engaged in practices designed to augment and enhance their natural appearance. Tattooing, the process of inserting pigment into the skin to create permanent designs and patterns, appears on human mummies by 3200 BCE and was practiced by ancient cultures throughout the world. Ancient Ink, the first book dedicated to the archaeological study of tattooing, presents new research from across the globe examining tattooed human remains, tattoo tools, and ancient art. It contributes to our understanding of the antiquity, durability, and significance of tattooing and human body decoration and illuminates how different societies have used their skin to construct their identities. Ancient Ink connects ancient body art traditions to modern culture through Indigenous communities and the work of contemporary tattoo artists.
For thousands of years the Indigenous peoples of North America have produced astonishingly rich and diverse forms of tattooing. Long neglected by anthropologists and art historians, tattooing was a time-honored practice that expressed the patterns of tribal social organization and religion, while also channelling worlds inhabited by deities, spirits, and the ancestors. "Tattoo Traditions of Native North America" explores the many facets of indelible Indigenous body marking across every cultural region of North America. As the first book on the subject, it breaks new ground on one of the least-known mediums of Native American expressive culture that nearly disappeared from view in the twentieth century, until it was reborn in recent decades.
The Egyptians were famous in the ancient world for their knowledge of magic. Religion, medicine, technology and what we would call magic co-existed without apparent conflict, and it was not unusual for magical and 'practical' remedies to be used side by side.
Generate powerful energy fields, create a solar temple with sunflowers and morning glories, invoke supernatural powers to heal ailments, unleash the magic of your aura. Learn the law of threefold return. Bring the "Magical Almanac"'s enchanting blend of folklore and magic into your life in 1998 and live magically every day of the year. Illustrated.