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Spiritual Tattoo: A Cultural History of Tattooing, Piercing, Scarification, Branding, and Implants
John A. Rush
From as far back as 1.5 million years ago people in tribes and villages, grappling with the metaphysical importance of symbols, have wanted to make symbols on themselves. Works of body-art and self-mutilation - breast implants, tummy tucks, piercings or tattoos - have functioned as rites of passage, group identifiers, and mechanisms of social control. They conform to a peer code, complelling to those within, indecipherable to outsiders.
ISBN 13: 9781583941171 | ISBN 10: 1583941177
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