Synopses & Reviews
A photographic exploration of the modern revival of piercing, tattooing, scarification, and body painting that reveals its origins in tribal culture and practices.and#160; 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.and#160;
The Return of the Tribal attempts to look at all types of body adornment from tribal to urban, from piercing to body painting, from scarification to tattoos, and from genital mutilation to structural modifications of the ears, legs & neck. And it does so with a cornucopia of full-color photos presented alongside a very readable text. This may well be the best book of its kind currently available. (Alternative Publisher Review)
andquot;First tattoos, then piercings and nowandlt;Bandgt;--andlt;/Bandgt;metal mohawks? Modern primitives are taking body modification to the extremes with scalp implants.andquot;
andquot;By juxtaposing photos of 'modern urban tribals' against images of indigenous people, Camphausen effectively places this oh-so '90s practice firmly within a historical and global context. The results are fascinating.andquot;
andquot;This book brings dignity and respect to the contemporary practice of body adornment in all its forms. By alternating stunning images from tribal and urban cultures, Camphausen makes his point convincingly.
andquot;A veritable travelogue through the geography of human imagination. Camphausen proves convincingly that today's body modification trend is more like a revival than a fad.andquot;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 117-120) and index.
About the Author
Rufus C. Camphausen is the author of andlt;iandgt;The Yoniandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Encyclopedia of Erotic Wisdom andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;The Divine Libraryandlt;/iandgt; as well as numerous articles and essays on religious history, mythology, and sacred sexuality. He was first tattooed in 1974, and was first pierced in 1983. He lives in the Netherlands.
Table of Contents
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