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Spiritual Tattoo: A Cultural History of Tattooing, Piercing, Scarification, Branding, and Implants

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Whether fully adorning a bikerandrsquo;s arms or nestled cutely, and discretely, above oneandrsquo;s ankle, tattoos are a commonplace part of modern fashion and expression. But as modern as this permanent accessory can seem, the tattoo, in fact, has ancient and distant roots in Oceana, where it had been practiced for centuries before being taught to Western seafarers. This collection offers both a fascinating look at the early exchanges between European and Pacific cultures surrounding the tattoo and the tattooandrsquo;s rising popularity in the West up to the modern day. It is also the first book to thoroughly document the history of tattoos in Oceana itself.

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The essays here first document the complex cultural interactions between Oceana and Europe that had sailors, whalers, and explorers bringing tattoos home from their voyages. They then move on to issues surrounding encounter, representation, and exchange, exploring the ways missionaries and the colonial state influenced local tattoo practices, and the ways tattoo culture has since developed, both in the West and the Pacific. Stunningly illustrated, this unique and fascinating history will appeal to anyone interested in the history of tattoos, the culture of Oceania, or native arts.and#160;

Book News Annotation:

Rush (anthropology, Sierra College) sees tattooing and other body modification practices as a form of punishment ritual. In this work he describes the various ways body modification are used as paths to spirituality in different cultures. He considers ideas from Judaic, Islamic, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions and advocates for the helpfulness of using the physical pain of body modification to "purge one's guilt and sin, move past the tangible world, and approach the spiritual realm."
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The popularity of tattoos today is a revival of a practice begun in the late eighteenth century, when Westerners first made contact with the native peoples of the Pacific. The term and#8220;tattooand#8221; entered Europe with the publication of Captain Cookand#8217;s voyages in the 1770s, and Pacific tattoos became fashionable in the West as sailors, whalers, and explorers brought home tattoos from Tahiti, the Marquesas, New Zealand, and Polynesia. In recent years these early contacts have been revived, as native tattooists from Oceania have begun tattooing non-Polynesians in Europe, the USA, and elsewhere.

Tattoo is both a fascinating book about these early Oceanic-European exchanges, which also documents developments up to the present day. Documenting these complex cultural interactions in the first part of the book, the authors move from issues of encounter, representation, and exchange to the interventions of missionaries and the colonial state in local tattoo practices. Highly illustrated with many previously unseen images, for example the original voyage sketches of the first Russian circumnavigation of 1803and#8211;6, this is a fascinating account of early tattooing and cultural exchange in Oceania.

Synopsis:

Say "body modifications" and most people think of tattoos and piercings. They associate these mainly with the urban primitives of the 1980s to today and with primitive tribes. In fact, as this fascinating book shows, body mods have been on the scene since ancient times, traceable as far back as 1.5 million years, and they also encompass sacrification, branding, and implants. Professor John Rush outlines the processes and procedures of these radical physical alterations, showing their function as rites of passage, group identifiers, and mechanisms of social control. He explores the use of pain for spiritual purposes, such as purging sin and guilt, and examines the phenomenon of accidental cuts and punctures as individual events with sometimes profound implications for group survival. Spiritual Tattoo finds a remarkable consistency in body modifications from prehistory to the present, suggesting the importance of the body as a sacred geography from both social and psychological points of view.

About the Author

John A. Rush, Ph.D., N.D., is a Professor of Anthropology at Sierra College, Rocklin, California, teaching Physical Anthropology and Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion. Dr. Rush's publications include Witchcraft and Sorcery: An Anthropological Perspective of the Occult, The Way We Communicate, Clinical Anthropology: An Application of Anthropological Concepts within Clinical Settings, and Stress and Emotional Health: Applications of Clinical Anthropology. He is also a Naturopathic Doctor in private practice.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Nicholas Thomas

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Part One: Histories and Encounters

1. andlsquo;Cureous Figuresandrsquo;: European Voyagers and Tatau/Tattoo in Polynesia, 1595-1800

Bronwen Douglas

2. andlsquo;Speckled Bodiesandrsquo;: Russian Voyagers and Nuku Hivans, 1804

Elena Govor

3. Marks of Transgression: The Tattooing of Europeans in the Pacific Islands

Joanna White

4. Christian Skins: Tatau and the Evangelization of the Society Islands and Samoa

Anne Dandrsquo;Alleva

5. Governing Tattoo: Reflections on a Colonial Trial

Anna Cole

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Part Two: Contemporary Exchanges

6. The Temptation of Brother Anthony: Decolonization and the Tattooing of Tony Fomison

Peter Brunt

7. Samoan Tatau as Global Practice

Sean Mallon

8. Multiple Skins: Space, Time and Tattooing in Tahiti

Makiko Kuwahara

9. Wearing Moko: Maori Facial Marking in Todayandrsquo;s World

Linda Waimarie Nikora, Mohi Rua and Ngahuia Te Awekotuku

10. Beyond Modern Primitivism

Cyril Siorat

Epilogue: Embodied Exchanges and their Limits

Nicholas Thomas

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References

Select Bibliography

Notes on the Editors and Contributors

Acknowledgements

Photographic Acknowledgements

Index

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781583941171
Author:
Rush, John A.
Publisher:
Frog in Well
Author:
Douglas, Bronwen
Author:
Thomas, Nicholas
Author:
Cole, Anna
Author:
Rush, John
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
Subject:
Body, human
Subject:
Religious aspects
Subject:
Symbolic aspects
Subject:
Tattooing
Subject:
Body marking
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 color plates, 87 halftones
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.75 x 7.5 in

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"Synopsis" by ,

The popularity of tattoos today is a revival of a practice begun in the late eighteenth century, when Westerners first made contact with the native peoples of the Pacific. The term and#8220;tattooand#8221; entered Europe with the publication of Captain Cookand#8217;s voyages in the 1770s, and Pacific tattoos became fashionable in the West as sailors, whalers, and explorers brought home tattoos from Tahiti, the Marquesas, New Zealand, and Polynesia. In recent years these early contacts have been revived, as native tattooists from Oceania have begun tattooing non-Polynesians in Europe, the USA, and elsewhere.

Tattoo is both a fascinating book about these early Oceanic-European exchanges, which also documents developments up to the present day. Documenting these complex cultural interactions in the first part of the book, the authors move from issues of encounter, representation, and exchange to the interventions of missionaries and the colonial state in local tattoo practices. Highly illustrated with many previously unseen images, for example the original voyage sketches of the first Russian circumnavigation of 1803and#8211;6, this is a fascinating account of early tattooing and cultural exchange in Oceania.

"Synopsis" by , Say "body modifications" and most people think of tattoos and piercings. They associate these mainly with the urban primitives of the 1980s to today and with primitive tribes. In fact, as this fascinating book shows, body mods have been on the scene since ancient times, traceable as far back as 1.5 million years, and they also encompass sacrification, branding, and implants. Professor John Rush outlines the processes and procedures of these radical physical alterations, showing their function as rites of passage, group identifiers, and mechanisms of social control. He explores the use of pain for spiritual purposes, such as purging sin and guilt, and examines the phenomenon of accidental cuts and punctures as individual events with sometimes profound implications for group survival. Spiritual Tattoo finds a remarkable consistency in body modifications from prehistory to the present, suggesting the importance of the body as a sacred geography from both social and psychological points of view.
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