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Return of the Tribal: A Celebration of Body Adornment


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A photographic exploration of the modern revival of piercing, tattooing, scarification, and body painting that reveals its origins in tribal culture and practices. andlt;BRandgt;Since earliest times, tribal cultures around the world have used body marks and modifications to indicate membership and rank within the group, identify with spiritual totems, express sacrifice and loss, and enhance physical attraction and sexual enjoyment. Today we are witnessing a renaissance of interest in body adornment that many interpret as a return to our tribal beginnings--a way to identify who we are in an urban world that has lost its sense of community. Return of the Tribal takes a non-judgmental look at a great variety of practices of body adornment and modification--from prehistoric and aboriginal to those of modern urban tribals in cities such as London, New York, Tokyo, and Amsterdam. From the beautiful to the bizarre, the author shows the many beautiful and bizarre ways people choose to alter their appearance.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 117-120) and index.

About the Author

Born in Germany, Rufus C. Camphausen is a writer and illustrator now living in the Netherlands. He is the author of andlt;Iandgt;Return of the Tribalandlt;/Iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;The Encyclopedia of Erotic Wisdomandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;The Yoniandlt;/Iandgt; as well as numerous articles and essays on religious history, mythology, and sacred sexuality.

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andlt;bandgt;Return of the Tribalandlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;A Celebration of Body Adornmentandlt;/iandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Introduction: Celebrating the Body and the Selfandlt;/iandgt; andlt;BRandgt;1. Skin and Bone and Soul andlt;BRandgt;2. I Am Marked, Therefore I am andlt;BRandgt;3. In One's Own Image andlt;BRandgt;4. The Skin as Canvas andlt;BRandgt;5. The Invisible Self andlt;BRandgt;6. Losses and Gains andlt;BRandgt;7. Our Genetic Memory andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Conclusion: The Irrational Temptation of Passing Judgment andlt;BRandgt;Glossary: The Variety of Adornment and Modification Practices andlt;BRandgt;Endnotes andlt;BRandgt;Bibliography andlt;BRandgt;Illustration Credits

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Camphausen, Rufus C.
Park Street Press
Rochester, Vt. :
Sociology - General
Anthropology - Cultural
Popular Culture
Body marking
Body piercing
Popular Culture - General
Spirituality - Paganism
Indigenous Cultures
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