African & Egyptian Tattoos. Jason Crishon. Summary ( Egyptian Tattoos).
Tattooing has a long history through all different cultures. About 6000 years ago 57 tattoos was found by Oetzi, the Tyrolean mummy also known as the “Iceman”. He’s frozen body was found well preserved in the Similaun Glacier of the Alps in 1991. According to the Journal of Archaeological Science, he’s tattoos were done with soot that contain glittering and colorful precious stone crystals. From my research I believe the tattoo’s was associated with acupuncture treatments for chronic ailments suffered by the Iceman. But however, the process of doing this tattoo they used some sharp objects, such as thorns, and dipped it into soot then pierced the skin or made scars and put the soot inside of the wound and let it heal so the color could stay there.
In west Africa undergo scaring or cicatrisation as a form of tribal initiation and bravery. The scarring begins for males at puberty and leads to there adulthood. Scarification is done by lifting the skin a little, making a cut with a sharp tool such as a razor blade, thorn, or anything with a sharp edge, and sand or ash in rubbed into the cut to make the raised scar patterns on the body. For African women, scarification is most often associated with fertility. Scars are added at puberty, after the birth of the first child, or following the end of breastfeeding, highlight the bravery of women in enduring the pain of childbirth. Scars on other areas of the body such as hips and buttocks, accentuate the erotic and sensual aspects of the female body.