Many men in West Africa undergo scaring or cicatrisation as a form of tribal initiation and bravery.
For African women, scarification is most often associated with fertility.  Scars added at puberty, after the birth of the first child, or following the end of breastfeeding, highlight the bravery of women in enduring the pain of childbirth.
Children are also included in this tradition of scarification when they reach different stages of their lives such as weaning from their mothers breast. In the past I have always added a video to my tattoo posts to really show the style of tattooing, this one will be no exception. This entry was posted in Tracy's Posts and tagged Adinkra Symbol, Africa, Amunet, braille lettering, bravery, childbirth, cicatrisation, clan, evil spirits, goddess Hathor, graphic, learn from the past, magic symbols, national geographic, Otzi the Iceman, puberty, return and get it, Sankofa, scars, Tattoo, tracy westerholm scarring, tribal, village by Tracy Westerholm. I found the scarification of the little boy really hard to deal with for a brief moment …. If you are looking for an outlandish tattoo design with a religious or spiritual connotation, opt for a nice praying hands tattoo design that will perfectly suit your tastes.
The praying tattoo ideas presented above will surely go a long way to enhance your overall appearance. Until Otzi the Iceman was discovered, the oldest known tattoos belonged to the mummy of Amunet, a priestess of the goddess Hathor somewhere between 2160 BC -1994 BC. The designs found on her mummy, were believed to be symbols of fertility and rejuvenation.


Here in North America most tattoo artists will not tattoo anyone under the age of 18 without a parents present, however there are those who do.
Praying has been a sacred practice in all religions, and sporting a praying hands tattoo can be a good way of expressing one’s religious beliefs. Scarification is done by lifting the skin a little, making a cut with a sharp tool such as a razor blade, thorn or anything with a sharp edge, and sand or ash is then rubbed into the cut to make the raised scar patterns anywhere on the body. Scars on other areas of the body such as the hips and buttocks, accentuate the erotic and sensual aspects of the female body. I specifically chose this one because it was filmed by National Geographic, which I grew up watching. The tattoo is actually inspired from a famous painting called “The Praying Hands” by Albrecht Durer. Keep in mind as you are viewing this video that this tradition or ritual makes these individuals feel accepted by their community.
Thanks for not just inspiring me but, also for sharing new information regarding new things to learn. Apart from serving as a symbol of our faith, it can also act as a memoriam for a departed soul.


Each tribe has unique designs, the man in the photo has patterns that identify his village and clan. Although I don’t agree with it when it involves a small child it could be compared to circumcision in North America. There are a number of praying hands tattoo designs that one can choose from which differ greatly in their style, size, coloration, and overall look. These different designs often indicate social rank, traits of character, political status and religious authority. The tattoo can also be accompanied by other designs such as a cross, rosary beads or flowers.
I accept everyone for who they are and what they believe.  It makes the world in which we live diverse in every way.



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