In Africa, the scars adorn not only men
• In Africa scars adorn not only the male
The Surma tribe living on the territory of Ethiopia, scars on the skin are a sign of feminine beauty. That is why the 12-year-old girls of the tribe in a special ceremony to decorate cuts from head to toe. The ability of the girls bravely bear the pain for the sake of the future of beauty is a sign of emotional maturity and readiness for motherhood.
"Blood flows, flies sit on the wound, the sun bakes" - so the photographer Eric Lafforg described the ceremony ritual scarred 12-year-old girl in the Ethiopian tribe Surma. Girls strip the skin here knives and blades, to achieve noticeable scars. It is considered very beautiful among the tribal cultures of Ethiopia. According Laforgue, the girl showed unprecedented persistence and courage, while her mother was cutting 10 minutes of her skin. "She did not utter a sound, and does not seem to hurt her - he told Lafforgue -. But when I then asked her if she was hurt, she admitted that she almost died from the pain!"
According to Laforgue, like young girls or urged not to mutilate themselves, the men of the tribe still feel the smooth skin of "ugliness". In addition, the willingness of girls to endure pain is considered to be an indicator of its emotional maturity and readiness for motherhood. So the girls do tend to get scars and receive appropriate ceremony. "Scars of these tribes - a symbol of beauty, including -. Girls suffer from Surma procedure silently, because they show that it hurt - and it would bring shame on the family."
As the scars - it is a sign of beauty, tribal representatives often find themselves repeatedly picks open their wounds, to the scars become more visible. For these purposes they are rubbed into the wounds of coal dust and plant juice. Sometimes the wound becomes infected, then the scar becomes even more pleased that only its owner.
For the members of the tribe Surma scars on the skin - is an art form, a way to express themselves. In short, they play for them the same role played by Caucasians cosmetics for their contemporaries.
Scars - not just an art form, but also a method of social communication. Thus, each member of the tribe body can be applied to additional scars symbolize certain events, or achievements. Each tribe - its tradition of applying the pattern. For example, women in the tribe body via metal pieces coated circular patterns around the shoulders.
The women of the tribe Curran scratch their faces so that the scars made them look like cats.
The Ethiopian tribe Karo scars cause yourself both men and women. Men say scars number of enemies killed, and women just tend to become so beautiful and sexy.
The tribe will cancel the women strip themselves skin with sharp stones to leave scars deeper. The tribe dassanesh women inflict cuts only on the shoulders. The tribe Mursi men's scars are a sign of strength. In short, this tradition is widespread across the region.
In African tribes living in Ethiopia, the scars are considered adornment for both men and women. Men they make formidable women - beautiful and sexy.
The tribe topos, living on the territory of the Sudan, the women applied to the abdomen geometric pattern of scars, getting married. Men topos scar on his chest - they symbolize the killed enemies. Men from the Sudanese Nuer tribe applied to the parallel scars line his chest, and the women of the tribe datooga people living in Tanzania, scarring around the eyes for beauty.
However, in recent years more and more Africans to know that the tradition of scarring on the body is dangerous to their health. In many tribes procedure is carried out using common knives and blades, which, of course, are not sterile. This has already led to a number of outbreaks of hepatitis. There are also cases of HIV transmission through guns for applying scars.
While a danger to health procedures a little scary tribes living by the precepts and traditions of their ancestors. Some of the most advanced young people trying to give up this practice, but these bring upon themselves universal condemnation.
In recent years, African art body decoration scars is gaining popularity in the West. Many tattoo parlors, along with the traditional, and offer such services.
African beauty still believe that beauty requires sacrifice.
The girl, without sound vyterpevshaya procedure scarring, can be considered as a bride - it has proven its resilience and ability to cope with his mother's role.