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14 Nov
Culture has been defined as “a people’s way of life.” It entails their customs, laws, traditions, norms, language, occupation and cuisine. Culture gives identity to a people and one means through which a person’s origin and ethnic group are known as the facial marks. They are specific identification and beautification marks designed on the face…
30 Jan 2022
One peculiar thing about Africans is their love for cultural arts, scarifications and ritual/religious practices. In today’s article, we’d be looking at the Suri tribe of Ethiopia, East Africa.  What does Scarification mean? Scarification is the act of covering, disguising, and transforming the body by creating wounds in one’s own flesh in order to cause…
25 Jul 2021
Scarification has a deep African history. There were a lot of associated reasons, values and implications to scarification in the olden days. Although it has become drastically unpopular, some people still choose to carry the marks of their ancestors more so without proper knowledge. In Benin republic, West Africa, among the Houeda ethnic people, there…
14 Jan 2018
In ancient Europe, scarification was used to mark and identify slaves. In Africa, it is widely performed as a cultural activity. In Nigeria, it was originally for identification and medication. Scarification involves a long and painful process where the skin is cut or pierced with a sharp object or hot instrument, leaving scars on the…

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