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Society’s Mark

by on Aug.17, 2014, under Art, Culture, Health, Kids, Religion

Body modification has been a tradition for some people for hundreds of years. The Padaung, in Burma, are part of the Karen Lahwi ethnic group. Padaung01 From an early age, the women wear rings, with more added periodically to make their necks longer. Padaung02 A long neck is considered by the group to be a sign of beauty. Paduang03 Their dedication to the tradition continues so they can be the most beautiful women of the tribe. Stretching and ritual scarification are seen as a form of initiation into adulthood; expression of art; or it may distinguish a village or tribe. scar_ethiopa01 In Djougou, Benin, tribal scars are displayed proudly. They aren't just for tribal identity. They also convey personal information. scar05 They need to be done at a young age, but due to their importance, the kids are anxious to get it done. CHU Liege Sart Tilman  Accueil entrŽe verrire They happily participate in the joyous ritual. Child during a Scarification Ceremony The pain is brief. Child during a Scarification Ceremony But the scars last for a lifetime. Child during a Scarification Ceremony Eventually the wounds heal. scar06 The Chambri tribe in Papua, New Guinea, scarify to pay tribute to their origin legend. chambri_manfrom They believe that man evolved from crocodiles, and became land-dwelling when they emerged from the Sepik River, which runs along the Chambri Lake. chambri_croc01 So they scar their bodies to resemble crocodile skin. chambri_croc03 The wounds have to heal in a controlled way to raise the scars so prominently. chambri_croc02 The process is incredibly painful. chambri_croc04 This video shows how these scars are made. Circumcision is another popular body modification. It signifies that a boy is a full-fledged adult member of a tribe, with the accompanying privileges, such as hunting, becoming a warrior, and taking a wife. The Ndebele, a bantu-speaking tribe from South Africa and Zimbabwe, has a two month circumcision ritual, during which each boy receives a tribal name that identifies him for life. ukuwela The Xhosa smear the lucky man with mud after the ritual is complete to insure that he will turn the color of manhood. RP939cm05.tif Although these rituals have been performed hundreds of times, there are sometimes complications. Here are pictures of some of them. We're more of a fan of temporary tattoos. ttat2 They can express your tribal affiliation and personality without all the trauma. ttat3  
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Cutting Edge of Bodyart

by on Sep.22, 2012, under Art, Health

It's henna colored, but it looks more like a birthmark than a tattoo. It doesn't look like the allergic reaction to henna that we illustrated in Kids Dye Young. To get this effect, you have to go beyond a mere tattoo and dig a little deeper. For the best results, you really have to be willing to suffer for your art. It takes more than patience and a steady hand. It also requires a high threshold of pain. There will probably be a little blood from the strips of flesh they hack out. But if you survive the pain and septic shock, and infection doesn't set in, the results make it all worthwhile.
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Levitation Exposed

by on Aug.21, 2010, under Art, Culture, Recreation

If you've ever seen a magician perform levitation, you know there's a trick.  But figuring out how it's done is a challenge. The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendal Meditation movement,  claimed to be able to levitate.

Some of his disciples and students from Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa say they can levitate too.

Nonbelievers say it looks more like hopping.  Transcendental Meditationists say they just need to learn to maintain their focus longer.

But now the secret is going to be revealed.  Like Transcendental Meditation, it requires discipline, focus, and concentration.  It also requires a high threshold of pain.

First the hooks are inserted. They need to be in deeply enough so they can support the weight without tearing through.

Multiple cables spread the weight.  Lift slowly so the assistant can let her weight settle on the hooks.

As you can see, the trick is very simple.  For more complicated performances, additional rigging might be used.

Sometimes it's elaborate and takes a lot of preparation.

But all the effort pays off when you've performed the perfect illusion.

Next:  We expose the trick of sawing a woman in half.

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