THE HISTORY OF TATTOO IS HARD TO RECOUNT EVENTHOUGH IT’S AN ANCESTRAL PRACTICE WE CAN’T PLACE IT’S ORIGIN.
Ritual and mythe
A ritual is usually defined as symbolic organisation of the meaning. it goes along with the forbidden things that are here to preserve the secular world from a close contact with the sacred world. and the suspension of these forbidden things just reinforces them. Every ritual is an update of a mythical story it makes it lives again, it’s a source of explanation for everything. “it’s the mythe that explains it that structures it””But the mythe concernes some social practices that seems very banal like the way to hunt, to eat, to smoke, to sit” The mythical content of our modern society can come from several discourses it is not conform anymore to one unique model. the mythical support can be very variable: “written discours, photography, cinema, sport, spectacle, advertising all those things can be used as mythical support”.
The function of the ritual is also apeas the violence felt during a sudden modification that appears. The most elaborated rituals are often those who symbolize a change of state: birth, marriage, death etc… In some traditions physical marks are part of initiation rites and was an essantial condition to the access to a symbolically superio social status. Growing as an adult, the acknowledgment of one’s identity, sexual maturity were motives for initiation tha require a physical test with indelebil track. Those rites strongly instituted implies an homogenic society ” an heritage t be legate is necessary to the group of ancient that organizes the ceremony” contemporary tattoo refers to the story of the individuals, or a small group, it’ s a will to communicate a quest of identity it’s a narcissical action so it marginalizes. Whereas the marks of the civilisation without writtings , make possible the balanc between identity and the membership to a community. it eases the integration of the individual into the community but als is an essantial rites tot he access to the social “dimension”. The tattoo of the marginal refers to it’s own body, while th tattoo of the primitives refers to the social body.
The meaning given to tattoo in the modern world has been modified thanx to the transformations of the norms that rule relationships to the body. Tattoo is no more necessary to social integration, as the movement is to go toward non-permanent marks.
Thats why some persons consider the real physical violence that impose permanent marks as strictly mutilatory and “savage in the meaning of barbarian. this perception is arised by the feeling that those marks are purposeless.
Nowadays rituals are fragmented and are made up of more creation and so in a certain way more personal.