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People from the decades are using scarification modification on their body and faces. This sounds weird, but it’s cultural existence there. Scarification a form of language not readily expressed, except through extensive and intricate greetings, gives the ability to communicate fully which is a key element for being considered as a normal member of the group. View more at #FactsPediaIn.

The study of the body as a boundary has been long debated.

[1] In 1909, Van Gennep described bodily transformations, including tattooing, scarification, and painting, as rites of passage.
[2] In 1963, Levi-Strauss described the body as a surface waiting for the imprintation of culture.
[3] Turner (1980) first used the term “social skin” in his detailed discussion of how Kayapo culture was constructed and expressed through individual bodies.
[4] Inscribed skin highlights an issue that has been central to anthropology since its inception: the question of boundaries between the individual and society, between societies, and between representation and experiences.

Scarification a form of language not readily expressed, except through extensive and intricate greetings, gives the ability to communicate fully which is a key element for being considered as a normal member of the group.

  • Scarification is usually more visible on darker skinned people than tattoos.
  • Most people in certain regions of Africa who have “markings” can be identified as belonging to a specific tribe or ethnic group.
  • Some of the tribes in Northern Ghana who use the markings are the Gonjas, Nanumbas, Dagombas, Frafras and Mamprusis

Tribe members unwilling to participate in scarification were generally not included in the group’s activities. According to anthropologist Grace Harris, group members lacking the normal characteristics consistent of the group are not considered as acquiring the full standings as agents in their society, they would also lack the capacity for meaningful behavior, such as greeting, commanding, and stating. Therefore scarification can transform partial tribe members into normal states entirely accepted by the group.

I have some of the historical clues of the Scarification

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