Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ethiopian Scarification

Scarification is a popular tradition throughout the world and many different cultures, to the Western Pacific, South America and parts Africa.  However, each culture has different purposes for their scaring.  In the Karo Tribe in Ethiopia, both men and women have these scars around their bodies.  Men scar their chests to represent killing enemies from other rival tribes. As for the women, they scar their torsos and chest, purely because it is considered sensual and intriguing.
Essentially, the process consists of cutting the skin with a sharp instrument, (usually some sort of knife or cut glass) in such a way, to control the shape of the scar. In order to create specific patterns, to the people the process is believed to be a form of art, like body decorating.  After the flesh is open, powerful plant juices are rubbed onto the wound and dark pigments, such as ground charcoal or, sometimes even, gunpowder. The juices and pigments cause a slight infection, so when the scar heals it is raised and dark.  These raised scars are known as keloids.

This process is long and painful, since throughout the years, more and more scars can be added to the designs.  Specific complex messages can be transmitted from the pattern of the scars.  It can represent, social status, political or religious roles, even ethnic groups and families. Most importantly, personal beauty, since in many cases, the scars are used to mark stages in a young girls life, her transformation from childhood to adulthood. Finally, when her scars are finished, she is allowed to marry and to men, women with fashionable scars are more sexually appealing and attractive.  Therefore, likely to bear more children. In the terms of our society, they think those scars are hot.


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