November 14th, 2009

"Cover Panda" by Daniel Araujo
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I am interested in learning about as many different beliefs related to text/script/written language and to tattoos as possible.  One person has recommended to me John Rush's Spiritual Tattoo: A Cultural History of Tatooing, Piercing, Scarification, Branding, and Implants.  I haven't checked it just yet, and no one's yet recommended anything about text.  I'm specifically looking mostly for religious and magical beliefs about text itself or about particular magical texts, as opposed to generic beliefs such that a particular text is sacred or the like.

I'd like similar information about tattoos, but broader information about cultural notions of the form and function of tattoos is good.  I'm also looking mostly for noncontemporary beliefs, though contemporary beliefs that have roots in or are revivals of older beliefs would be good (such as the recent Maori revival of tattoo traditions that had more or less died for a century or so).

Can anyone make any recommendations?
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