How body scarification is rooted in ancient African history


The history of body scarification in African history shows that while scarring may seem like a new and Avant-Garde form of body art, the practice is an ancient one.

This ancient African tribal body art involves purposely scarring the skin to create raised marks and or complete patterns.

It’s generally believed that scarring was developed because the dark pigmented skin of the indigenous African people was not ideal for tattooing.

By opening the skin, the uppermost layer of pigment was broken and filled in with slightly lighter shades of scar tissue. There was just enough contrast for the marks to show after the wounds had finally healed.

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