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Body Art as a Visual Language Body art transmits meanings, from ideals of beauty, important life transitions, and religious epics to social status and personal rebellion Body art communicates a person’s status in society, displays accomplishments and encodes memories, desires, and life histories. Often misunderstood and misinterpreted because its meanings do not necessarily translate across culture Body art is an obvious way of signaling cultural differences, people often use it to identify, eroticize, and ostracize others Ideals of beauty vary from one culture to another Freedom and intentionality Individualism Tattoos, piercing, body painting, make up, hair, body shaping, scarification The Hunters: Scarce Resources in the Kalahari One of the last foraging groups, the Ju/’hoansi-!Kung living in the Kalahari Desert They depend on more vegetable good than meat, actually spent little time collecting food and managed to live long and fruitful lives in their difficult desert
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