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A Tattoo as a Sign of Belonging to a Particular Group

Author(s): Jolanta Wasilewska
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History, Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II - Wydział Teologii
Keywords: a tattoo; the history of tattoos; the tattoo phenomenon; tattooing; tattoo techniques

Summary/Abstract: A tattoo is the oldest form of visual individualization, occurring since the dawn of history. Initially, tattoos had protective and ritualistic functions. They differed in respect of social status and religious affi liation. People believed in their curative and magical power. There have been different tattoo techniques depending on the geographic location, material and tools, time, civilization development and tradition. Today’s tattoos are mainly used to decorate the body, but still some people have tattoos done as they are willing to emphasize their belonging to the social group, to commemorate important life events or they are guided by other personal motivations.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 107
  • Page Range: 351-372
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Polish