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Body's Ornament

Posted by: webmaster2 on Monday, August 30, 2004 - 05:00 _PRINTPrinter friendly page  _EMAILFRIENDSend this story to a friend
Body's Ornament
Body decoration is o­ne of the many trends people use to communicate with each other and to send messages sometimes with sexual connotation, since ornaments supposedly render humans more attractive.

Decoration and modification of the body through various assets such as cosmetics, tattooing, piercing, circumcisions, head-binding go back to primordial times.

In tribes where an individual doesn’t demonstrate his social position by clothing, as seen in the modern societies, body decoration executes such a role.

Some societies still paint all their bodies including the face in that employ ochre and carmine to give a healthy aspect to the lips and the face, a custom which dates from well over 5.000 years ago.

The word cosmetic originates from the Greek word 'cosmos' meaning order or arrangement. The Greek philosopher Hesiod wrote o­ne of the first warnings for men about the deceitfulness of women and how they disguise themselves through cosmetics. This is the story of Pandora who was fashioned from clay and adorned before she could speak. Whereas she was beautiful o­n the outside, her interior was that of a thief and a liar. She was a "beautiful evil" sent to men to counterbalance the good they had received when given the gift of fire.

Initially the Egyptians created make-up to protect the skin from sun exposure, but it gradually became useful for other objectives. As the majority of Egyptian women, Cleopatra used to spend a long time applying make-up with esthetic purposes.

Most ochre used by ancestral man was hematite. Ochre may have been used for bodily decoration, and as insect repellent, or treating animal skins. o­ne well-known anthropologist believes that women with sexual connotations, so as to mimic the flow of menstrual blood used ochre.

The use of make-up had been fluctuating along history, during the austere era of the Greek culture and the Roman Republic o­nly prostitutes and the spouses of rich men used it until the decline of Rome, when it became popular.

Scarification and filing of the teeth are considered by many tribal people as a way of differentiating the human body from Nature and the natural body of animals. The non-Natural body is beautiful. Animals do not file their teeth or tattoo their skin.

People all over the world in virtually every society decorate themselves, so there is no reason to think that our ancestors did not.

In Western industrialized cultures it is usually used to refer to the application of make-ups, lipsticks, and polishes, all these expedients in past or in present times, always had the same cause: sexuality.

Make-up for women’s face is o­ne way to decorate the body that has unanimous approval. The marked face of an African or tattoos o­n arms of a rebel adolescent were seen with contempt, now it is considered fashion, specially tattoo and piercing, and it is respected as an expression of some individual or group, that’s all.

In many societies the types of body decoration that are not en-vogue are still considered primitive, though.

Now that we can find a whole bunch of varieties in every part of world, so that everyone can shift from o­ne variant to another with the possibility of simultaneous choices, it is just a matter of taste, whether sexual or else.


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