Return of the Tribal

A Celebration of Body Adornment
By (author) Rufus C. Camphausen

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Return of the Tribal
A Celebration of Body Adornment
By (author) Rufus C. Camphausen

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Pages : 128

Book Size : 8 x 10

ISBN-13 : 9780892816101

Imprint : Park Street Press

On Sale Date : September 01, 1997

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : 105 color and 18 b&w photographs

A photographic exploration of the modern revival of piercing, tattooing, scarification, and body painting that reveals its origins in tribal culture. Return of the Tribal takes a non-judgmental look at the wide variety of body adornment and modification practices--from aboriginal to modern urban, in cities such as London, New York, Tokyo, and Amsterdam.
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About Return of the Tribal

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. 

Table of Contents

Table of content

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

Author Bio
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.
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

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

"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."
Publishers Weekly

"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.
Magical Blend,  David Merritt 

"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."
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