Scarifications in Benin – Traditional Branding

Un article vraiment intéressant sur l’histoire et l’origine de la scarification au Bénin.
Really interesting article on the history and origin of scarification in Benin.

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The history of scarification is as old as humanity. In ancient times, the people of Dahomey (now Benin), were using different signs to mark their family origins. Men, women and children where then scarified to be integratd into the tribe. This practice symbolizes belonging to a particular ethnic group, as part of the company or of the hierarchy since African societies were strongly hierarchical and well established before the arrival of settlers. Therefore, when you are born in an ethnic group, you wear such a mark on the body. This is necessity, because it’s done when the child is an infant, therefore, not getting the chance to say no.

Scarification in their diversity

In Benin, there are nearly sixty sociocultural groups and ritual of scarification is found in almost every ethnic group. Scarification is practiced both in women than in men. These scars…

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