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ANTH 205 Body Art 25-Feb-2010 Body decorations Tattoos Scarification Piercing “Second skin” (masks, wigs) Body paint Application Fiber/bark Bones Hair Hands Social Life of Body Decoration Social meanings and aspects behind decorations Theory—how anthropologists describe it Body as imprintation of culture (Levi-Strauss) Body as boundary—to distinguish you (Mary Douglass) Body as social skin (Turner) Body as relations between people, sacred, present, and past (Gell) Body as text upon which social reality is inscribed (Foucault) Mediates relations people people, people animal, people spirit Reasons for body decorations Punishment/authoritarian (marks on pirates) Literary (Japanese stories) Penal and property purposes (tats based on transgression) Religious observance (ash on Ash Wednesday) Magical practices/medicine Gencological identities (kin group) Protection Status Symbolic capital/selective representation
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