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Title:
Return of the tribal : a celebration of body adornment : piercing, tattooing, scarification, body painting
Author:
Camphausen, Rufus C.
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Publication Information:
Rochester, Vt. : Park Street Press, [1997]

©1997
Physical Description:
122 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780892816101
Format :
Book

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Summary

A photographic exploration of the modern revival of piercing, tattooing, scarification, and body painting that reveals its origins in tribal culture and practices.
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.


Author Notes

Rufus C. Camphausen is the author of The Yoni , The Encyclopedia of Erotic Wisdom and The Divine Library 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.