Tattoos Used in Medicine: Tattoos were seen to have therapeutic properties thousands of years earlier. In the year 1991, on the Austrian border the popular ‘Ice Man’ Otzi was discovered. Carbon dating of the Ice Man’s body showed that he lived in 3300 BC.
An astounding 57 tattoos were found on Otzi’s body; these tattoos are believed to have had some sort of remedial significance probably to relieve him of aches and pains. Permanent tattoos were also found on Egyptian mummies that seemed to be a sort of protection during the hard periods of pregnancy and delivery.
Inter-culture exchanges have brought about a significant change in the way tattoos are perceived and tattoos can no longer be categorised into being one type or the other which can be viewed in this gallery.
Maori tribal tattoo designs are mostly done as a part of a celebratory ritual to the tribe. Tattoos were given to tribesmen in different events that unfold in their lives. Some of these tattoos were placed during specific rites of passage for warriors of the tribe whenever they show strength and courage in particular events.
Other times, these tattoos were given to the individual that has shown a particular unique trait that he or she can use for the benefit of the tribe, giving him or her a special status within the tribe.
Lastly, the Hawaiian tribal tattoo designs were given to tribesmen as a sign of their identity within the tribe. These tattoos were usually given to members of the tribe after they were given their rite of passage. Tattoos were also given to a tribesman as protection from evil spirits.
They put it in specific parts of their bodies so as to be protected properly from the wrath of spirits who seek out trouble within the tribe or a particular family.
Based on the above descriptions, all tribal tattoos have special meaning before any member of the tribe would place it in their bodies. So, before adopting a particular tribal tattoo, make sure to find out the meaning of it in this article.