Tattoos on History

What did President Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill's mother have in common? They both had tattoos. While Jennie Churchill tattoo was allegedly covered for the sake of reputation, and Teddy Roosevelt was just in a place that was not readily visible, this information caused a stir among many of his era, and modern history buffs. Alice, the daughter of President Roosevelt also had a tattoo that was in a hidden place. Neither Mrs. Churchill, or art works of President Roosevelt, however, lent itself to gain a sense of respectability among ordinary citizens. Even when such notable figures had tattoos, they are still considered to be socially unacceptable for most people.

He goes so far as studies have been on the subject, states that the "ice man" who lived some 3,300 years before Christ, had some form of tattoos. By discovering the remains, researchers have been able to do little, but I suppose that this most primitive form of tattoo was in order to ward off evil spirits, or could have been some kind of rite of passage. Combined in his spine and behind the knee and ankle, the Iceman was about fifty-seven tattoos. While it is impossible to do more than speculate about the real reason for them, definitely show that tattoos are not unique to current times or the people in the world today. As the ice man was the oldest mummified human remains found in Europe, Tattoo fans now have history on their side - there is nothing "modern" about tattoos.

In the distant past, tattoos were connected to a totally different nature than they have been for decades. There was nothing remarkable or rebellious about it. It used to be that tattoos were reserved for those of high social standing, and were not available to the average person. Tattoos were only available for - and a sign of - those who were rich, important, and usually a high position in government or royalty. Sweden's King Oscar had tattoos, so did England's King George the fifth. At that time, tattoos were a symbol of status.

In other periods of time, tattoos also served specific purposes. Further back in U.S. history, many tribes of Native Americans used the practice of tattooing was primarily to show a connection to their own specific tribe. For the Polynesians, the tattoo was a way of relating to family history, each person had their own individual tattoos to show your family history. Some of the early explorers of the American continent is said to have acquired the practice of forms of the Polynesians' tattoos.

Two of the oldest Egyptian mummies found with tattoos. These tattoos, which were found only female mummies, consist of patterns of lines, dots and dashes. Since women were linked to ritual practices, it is assumed that the tattoos they had in common were somehow representative of this fact. It's just speculation on the parts of investigators, of course, on the basis of their knowledge of the lifestyle of that period of time.

Although Oriental symbols are very popular for tattoos in the United States, is not widely known that both Japanese and Chinese cultures have held a strong opposition to the practice of tattooing throughout history. With both social views and religious agree that the tattoo is something you should not do, is still considered as a means to pollute one's body. For the ancient Chinese, the Tattoo was used as punishment for criminal activity, citing the visible marks of a person who always branded as a criminal.

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