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How Past Cultural Body Art Has Influenced Our Society Today It is very common to walk through the mall these days to see people with many forms of body art exposed Tattoos and piercings surround us on a beautiful day at the beach Body art is a world wide characteristic shared by men women and children of all ages Yet where and when did all of this begin With tattoos and piercings being an ancient form of art it has highly influenced our modern society in many ways Tattoos first came about during the Bronze Age when humans first discovered the ability to make metal needles Tattoos can date back to Egyptian tomb walls that have carvings of tattooed women A Siberian people known as the Skythians used to create pictures of deer and goats on themselves to and supernatural hybrids of the two animals apparently to depict tribal myths In the Middle Ages both Christian crusaders and Muslim pilgrims acquired tattoos to signify that theyd been to the holy places of their religions Tattooing became popular in Europe during the 1760s and by the late 19th century many sailors were seen with tattoos as forms as talismans Piercing is a practice that dates back to the earliest human cultures In different parts of the world at different times the act of piercing has taken on different meanings In ancient and contemporary India the wearing of jewelry in the nose was a means of demonstrating commitment to marriage and inspiring devotion Beginning in the 1970s piercing became popular among bohemian punks in England and America as a way of expressing their rejection of conventional values The Yanomamo are a people who live in the Amazon forests of Venezuela and Brazil in a way that is probably similar to the way their ancestors lived thousands of years ago Yanomamo men and women alike wear wooden sticks through their cheeks and the flexible skin between
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