Cutting, branding, splitting the tongue: body modification. Where the trend comes from – and what you should know about the bizarre body changes.
Body Modification: What is it?
- Body modification, also called BodyMod or body modification, stands for a multitude of changes to the human body.
- These include tattoos, piercings, implants, cuttings, brandings, tunnels, microdermal, split tongues and elf ears.
- Strictly speaking, lifts, botox treatments, breast enlargements or hair removal are also among the procedures.
- Cool trendsetter: Even the ice mummy Ötzi wears tattoos. So people have long loved changing their bodies.
Piercings have a long tradition. A “nose ring” is already mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 24:22). The ancient Aztecs pierced their tongues in a sacred ritual. Ear and lip piercings, as well as decorative scars, have been part of religious and spiritual rituals for thousands of years. They also provide information on social status or tribal affiliation.
The first nose piercings already existed 4,000 years ago in the Middle East. They finally came to India in the 16th century. From there, they spread to the west, mainly through hippies who encountered the jewellery on their travels.
Ötzi had 61 tattoos.
Who would have thought that Ötzi († between 3359 and 3105 BC) was a tattoo trendsetter? There are 61 tattoos on the mummy’s body. The ancient Egyptians also adorned themselves with tattoos. And before Roman emperors and popes issued bans, Christians were also pricked by religious symbols.
From renaissance and rebellion
The European tattoo experienced a renaissance through the contact of seafarers with the South Seas. Even Empress Sissi had an anchor stuck in the neck in a Greek harbour bar.
But tattoos can also exclude. So they were as used by Nazis, prisoners in concentration camps in an inhuman manner numbered.