Return of the Tribal: A Celebration of Body Adornment

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A photographic exploration of the modern revival of piercing, tattooing, scarification, and body painting that reveals its origins in tribal culture and practices. 
Since earliest times, tribal cultures around the world have used body marks and modifications to indicate membership and rank within the group, identify with spiritual totems, express sacrifice and loss, and enhance physical attraction and sexual enjoyment. Today we are witnessing a renaissance of interest in ...

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Overview

A photographic exploration of the modern revival of piercing, tattooing, scarification, and body painting that reveals its origins in tribal culture and practices. 
Since earliest times, tribal cultures around the world have used body marks and modifications to indicate membership and rank within the group, identify with spiritual totems, express sacrifice and loss, and enhance physical attraction and sexual enjoyment. Today we are witnessing a renaissance of interest in body adornment that many interpret as a return to our tribal beginnings—a way to identify who we are in an urban world that has lost its sense of community. Return of the Tribal takes a non-judgmental look at a great variety of practices of body adornment and modification—from prehistoric and aboriginal to those of modern urban tribals in cities such as London, New York, Tokyo, and Amsterdam. From the beautiful to the bizarre, the author shows the many beautiful and bizarre ways people choose to alter their appearance. 

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Editorial Reviews

Newsweek
"First tattoos, then piercings and nowmetal mohawks? Modern primitives are taking body modification to the extremes with scalp implants."
Magical Blend
"This book brings dignity and respect to the contemporary practice of body adornment in all its forms. By alternating stunning images from tribal and urban cultures, Camphausen makes his point convincingly.
Curio
"A veritable travelogue through the geography of human imagination. Camphausen proves convincingly that today's body modification trend is more like a revival than a fad."
David Merritt Magical Blend
"This book brings dignity and respect to the contemporary practice of body adornment in all its forms. By alternating stunning images from tribal and urban cultures, Camphausen makes his point convincingly.
From the Publisher
"A veritable travelogue through the geography of human imagination. Camphausen proves convincingly that today's body modification trend is more like a revival than a fad."

"By juxtaposing photos of 'modern urban tribals' against images of indigenous people, Camphausen effectively places this oh-so '90s practice firmly within a historical and global context. The results are fascinating."

"First tattoos, then piercings and nowmetal mohawks? Modern primitives are taking body modification to the extremes with scalp implants."

"This book brings dignity and respect to the contemporary practice of body adornment in all its forms. By alternating stunning images from tribal and urban cultures, Camphausen makes his point convincingly.

Alternative Publisher Review
The Return of the Tribal attempts to look at all types of body adornment from tribal to urban, from piercing to body painting, from scarification to tattoos, and from genital mutilation to structural modifications of the ears, legs & neck. And it does so with a cornucopia of full-color photos presented alongside a very readable text. This may well be the best book of its kind currently available.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892816101
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Rufus C. Camphausen is the author of The Yoni, The Encyclopedia of Erotic Wisdom and The Divine Library as well as numerous articles and essays on religious history, mythology, and sacred sexuality. He was first tattooed in 1974, and was first pierced in 1983. He lives in the Netherlands.

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Table of Contents

Return of the Tribal
A Celebration of Body Adornment

Introduction: Celebrating the Body and the Self
1. Skin and Bone and Soul
2. I Am Marked, Therefore I am
3. In One's Own Image
4. The Skin as Canvas
5. The Invisible Self
6. Losses and Gains
7. Our Genetic Memory
Conclusion: The Irrational Temptation of Passing Judgment
Glossary: The Variety of Adornment and Modification Practices
Endnotes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2000

    Content disapponting, photos nice.

    This book offers little more to the reader than a collection of full color photos of various forms of body art. It is nice to look at, but the content is very biased and non-scholarly. The author oftens voices his opinion about what is 'acceptable' or 'attractive', and questions people who use body modification to 'take things too far'. There IS a wide variety of body modification discussed and shown in the book, however, the author often repeats things he had previously stated in the book, making for very little content of value. I would be hesitant to let someone read this book who was already a little 'put off' by tattooing and body piercing, as the book tends to praise what the author feels is acceptable or 'beautiful' but questions certain practices or motives. Overall, not one of the better books on the subject.

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