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Andrea LaMarca's comment, March 13, 2013 9:44 AM
In the Yavari valley in the Amazon rainforest, near the boarders of peru and Brazil, live the Matis Indians who are well known for their body modifications. Since Matis indians believe that the jaguar is a fascinating hunter and quite stealthy, they tattoo their faces in order to look more like a jaguar because they feel that if they do so, it will make them appear more stealthy and more of a predator. Not only do they tattoo their face in order to make them appear more jaguar like, but they also pierce their noses 4-6 times in order to create a whisker effect. They then insert palm spines form an Oenocarpus bataua palm into the holes in the nose. Matis Indians not only make themselves appear jaguar like, but they also practice septum piercing and ear stretching. Usually they will use small bones to insert into the septum, and when hunting, they use special wooden ear plugs because they believe that it helps them "understand" the forest better.
Andrea LaMarca's comment, March 13, 2013 2:16 PM
In North America the Inuit, Yupik and Aleut Tribes, also known as Eskimo, practiced facial tattooing long ago. Today most elders still practice this form of body modification, and even the younger generation is beginning to pick back up on it again. These tribes not only practice facial tattooing, but they also find that labrets or tootuks make them look superior. They usually pierce and stretch with tools made of ivory and once the hole is stretched to about a half inch, they insert the labret. The labrets can made from anything. The tribes usually use whatever they can find for labrets; for example glass, gravel, bone, and the most intricate, turquoise.
Andrea LaMarca's comment, March 13, 2013 2:23 PM
The Ndebele Tribe of Africa, once practiced the body modification of neck elongation; but not just the neck, they also wore them around their arms and legs. The first ring made of copper and/ or bronze, symbolized a wife's loyalty to her husband. Any other ring after, symbolized wealth; therefore if you were wealthy you had more rings. The women never took the rings off and wore them till death. Many women of the Ndebele Tribe do not practice this anymore, usually you will see the elders that have kept this body modification. A new trend among the youth is large rope of beads around the neck.
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Andrea LaMarca's comment, March 12, 2013 9:28 AM
We as humans think of the body as a work of nature. We tend to "reshape" and/ or modify our bodies for different reasons. One reason is to make us look more appealing and attractive. The second reason is to make aware of our social status. Third, to make aware of what "group" or "tribe" someone is part of. Lastly, to express our personal qualities and/ or accomplishments. Many cultures around the world today, practice reshaping the body with many different techniques, for those many different reasons.
Andrea LaMarca's comment, March 12, 2013 9:35 AM
When we hear things like neck elongation, foot shrinkage, or tooth filing, we Americans find that very strange or weird. Little do we know that we have our own ways of modifying our bodies. Cosmetic surgery, tanning, dieting, body building are just a few examples of how us Americans reshape or modify our bodies in different ways. Tattooing, piercing, and scarification are also becoming popular among the American culture.
Andrea LaMarca's comment, March 12, 2013 9:47 AM
Scarification is a technique in which one burns or cuts the skin in different patterns and/ or shapes, which would leave permanent scars. The scars would turn out to be interesting designs. Although scarification is not a common everyday thing that people go out and do, it is becoming popular in the US today. Not does the US practice this, but cultures around the world use it for puberty and initiation rights.