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

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Publisher Comments:

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.

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)

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583941171
Author:
Rush, John A
Publisher:
Frog Books
Author:
Rush, John A.
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
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW PHOTOS AND ILLUS.
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.34x7.01x.64 in. 1.12 lbs.

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