Friday, October 26, 2007

African Scarification

I'm definately not one to judge other people's culture. Goodness only knows that the Spanish were cruel to the American Indians, and the Central American Indians practiced ritualistic sacrifice. Go back in time and I don't think you can find any culture that didn't practice something that we would consider cruel.

That being said, some tribes in Africa still practice scarification. They consider scars to be symbolic of growth, of status, and beauty. I suppose it's not that different from getting a tattoo, but the only problem I have is the fact that it's done to children who have no choice. That always frightens me.

These pictures are NSFW, and not for the faint of heart. They depict a young boy being scarred during a ceremony in his tribe.

It hurt me to see the type of thing that people do to their children because they believe it's best for them. It reminds me of modern male circumcision, amongst other things.


Anonymous said...

if that child doesn't go through that, he will be considered an outcast by his culture. why is the ability to go through pain a bad thing? it makes him apart of his culture, and i'm sure it is something he is proud to bear, even at that young of an age. at least they are superficial wounds, and aen't accompanied by burning or broken bones.

Anonymous said...

you've taken this the wrong way. scarification is a beautiful thing, it's something considered to seperate humans from animals. it's a sensual stimulant, and it's a social identifier. when touched these scars arouse, and they are done on women to prove they can handle the pain of childbirth, they prove men are capable of being strong. the more scars you have the better person you are. just look at maori, polynesian and other cultural tattoos. look at sak yant. the only difference is method because of skin colour, and your view is that of a naive westerner.

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