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Body Modifications Pertaining to Culture Throughout history people in nearly every culture have gone to great lengths to decorate or alter the bodies they were born with From body painting to piercing to scarification from tattoos to plastic surgery from the Bronze Age to the computer age cultures from around the world have changed their ideas of how a body should look and have altered themselves to fit their standard of perfection In doing so people have gone through drastic measures to achieve their goal of looking this way In many different cultures people change themselves and in many different ways do they find others beautiful and in certain cultures their beauty is seen differently By analyzing different forms of body modifications in both the American and African cultures we will be able to see how body modification is related to what is perceived to be beautiful in a culture Studying the origin of body modifications and how they are used in each culture is necessary to compare the reasons and effects of body modifications in both America and Africa One important way to change your body in both African and American cultures is the tattoo The word tattoo originally came from the word tatu which in Tahitian means to mark something They are the most popular body modification recorded in history the number of people who have acquired tattoos as of this moment totals over 39 million people in North America alone Tattoos can be dated back to 12000 years BC and are recorded to have been found in ancient Egyptian times although researchers believe it was invented far before that Tattoos have always had an important role in ritual and tradition In Borneo women tattooed their symbols on their forearm indicating their particular skill If a woman wore a symbol indicating she was a skilled weaver her status as prime marriageable material was increased Tattoos around the wrist and fingers were believed
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