Native American Tribal Tattoos: Meanings and Designs

Native American Tribal Tattoos: Meanings and Designs

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Native American Tribal Tattoos For Women

Tattoos can be used to gain attention in crowd, these tattoos looks the best when placed properly on a wonderful and beautiful body. There are many different styles of Native American tribal tattoos and these were different among all of the Native American tribes. Not even all of the tribes were tattooed but there were many that were. These Native American tribal tattoos were most common for the Native American men and in some tribes only the Native warriors would have tattoos, or sometimes other important figures among the tribes, such as the shaman or the chief.

Many of these Native American tribal tattoos have been around for thousands of years and they are still popular among many of the Native American preservationists who want to keep their long and important history alive forever. Some of these ancient tribal tattoos were just crude symbols that had special meanings to the natives, whether they were spiritual in nature or if they were a symbol of a great hunt or war that the Native American male endured.

Native American Tribal Tattoos

The Meanings of Tribal Native American Tattoos

Many of the tribes had a particular bird or animal that they deified and revered as well as prayed to. For a number of tribes the animal n question was a fox, eagle or wolf. The people who belonged to these tribes as well as their descendants normally showed off tribal Native American tattoos entailing these creatures and were loyal to them. Other kinds of tribal tattoos were big interlinked patterns whose appearance was symmetrical and ostensibly endless and others carried the protection powers that people who were unwell needed to get healed.

The Native American tribal tattoos were done by cutting one’s skin using rocks and bones and subsequently some sort of colored dye would be applied onto the wound. A number of tribes used particular plants and soot in some instance to make sure the tattoo got more color. You could have seen the face of a particular person covered in tribal Native American tattoos and this was only applicable for the people who purportedly carried many mystical and magical powers.

Common Designs and Symbols

The meanings of most tattoos were unique to their specific tribes, and the same symbol could be taken to mean many different things between different tribes. It all depended on the beliefs within a certain tribe, and how their Shaman interpreted various omens and signs. In today’s world, the designs of dream catchers, feathers, totem poles, and even the faces of a native American are widely popular choices. Most people who get these tattoos though, are merely paying homage to their ancestral heritage.

Some that you come across may not even mean anything in particular. They are simply used for attractive decorative purposes because they look nice. To ascertain the exact cause of a certain design is fairly difficult, as it depends on the views and the beliefs of the tribe that it was used in. As mentioned before, the same symbol could have different meanings in different tribes.

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http://american.culturextourism.com/native-american-tribal-tattoos-meanings-and-designs/

The mystic power of tribal tattoos

In Nepal, tattoos are one of the most ancient social and cultural traditions among tribal communities. For indigenous people, these permanent markings were not only beautiful but also had the power to protect in this life and beyond.

(Omar Reda)

For the Tharu tribe — a Hindu-practicing ethnic minority living in the foothills of the Himalayas — tattooing was for centuries an integral, if not mandatory, part of social and spiritual life. Historically, newborns were often tattooed on the leg, hand, or chest, because they believed the marks would assure their place in heaven.

But tattoos are most prominent among women, who are often inked before marriage as part of a pre-ceremony beauty process. In fact, among the Tharu people, tattooed skin was the apex of feminine beauty. To achieve this attractive ideal, women would adorn their hands, arms, feet, and ankles with intricate geometrical patterns or depictions of mythological stories and historical events. Other markings were simply meant to look aesthetically pleasing, like jewelry.

As beautiful as the tattoos were to the tribe, the traditional procedure — involving cow dung as ointment, soot from mustard lamps as ink, and needles — was so slow and gruesome as to cause fainting.

Today, this tradition is fading. Tattooing represents the past, and the younger generations are increasingly choosing to go without.

(Omar Reda)

In the spring of 2017, Omar Reda visited the Nepali town of Chitwan and captured the ancient art form and the stories that came with them.

Most women talked about the afterlife in regards to their tattoos. Because the Tharu deeply value art and color, the permanent ink guaranteed that the women would arrive in heaven in their “most beautiful form,” Reda said in an email to The Week.

Other women told Reda of stringent tribal rules, long since lifted, that mandated women cover themselves with tattoos or risk being cast out from the tribe. “[Without tattoos] she wouldn’t be allowed to talk or marry,” Reda said. “People wouldn’t be allowed to take anything she touched. She must get inked in order to be accepted by her people.”

(Omar Reda)

(Omar Reda)

Despite the evolving views on tattooing, Tharu elders remain reverent toward their markings. “They were surprised about my curiosity,” Reda said. “[The tattoos] seemed normal, because this was part of the culture which they must respect.”

Below, take in the beautiful body art of some of the last remaining tattooed women of Tharu:

(Omar Reda)

(Omar Reda)

(Omar Reda)

(Omar Reda)

(Omar Reda)

(Omar Reda)

**For more of Omar Reda’s work, visit his website.**

Source

http://theweek.com/captured/735985/mystic-power-tribal-tattoos

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