Benin: the country of voodoo

During the Age of Exploration, Europeans became aware of the relatively extreme forms of body art practiced in Sub-Saharan Africa. One of these forms was scarification, a body modification procedure that offered a sculptural quality to the skin. Sometimes a colored pigment was added to the incisions forming a kind of tattoo, sometimes not. During this ethnographic trip, we will meet 3 ethnic groups and learn about their scarification and tattoo techniques, the techniques, meaning, aesthetics, current situation, and future… The trip will be accompanied by an Anthropologist and an expert in African body modifications.

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Tribal Tattoo and Scarification

During the Age of Exploration, Europeans became aware of the relatively extreme forms of body art practiced in Sub-Saharan Africa. One of these forms was scarification, a body modification procedure that offered a sculptural quality to the skin. Sometimes a colored pigment was added to the incisions forming a kind of tattoo, sometimes not. During this ethnographic trip, we will meet 3 ethnic groups and learn about their scarification and tattoo techniques, the techniques, meaning, aesthetics, current situation, and future… The trip will be accompanied by an Anthropologist and an expert in African body modifications.
 

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