Tattooing during the Antiquity


The Slavs used special stamps made of clay in order to carry in the drawings on the body. The image was drawn on clay and then the clay was put in a firebox. After it was already hot, the skin of the person was stamped with it. Often, these models have covered the whole body of the people. It was considered necessary because of the magic or religious rituals.

The Greeks put tattoos on the bodies of their spy enemies. That way the Romans identified the traitors and the robbers very easily.

And here is one more interesting way of tattooing that not many people could have afforded back then. When there was a secret message to be send, people tattooed the head of a slave with the message and waited until his hair grows. Then they sent the secret messenger to the necessary place. There, his hair was cut again. This way everything stayed hidden. That kind of communication was really effective.

In the past, tattooing was also spread among the Christians. The church absolutely denied the tattooing, because it was a pagan art. In the Old Testament, self injuring was fully denounced. In the year 787 A.D., Pope Adrian placed a veto on everything, which was connected with tattooing.


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