What makes beauty?

Beauty Everywhere is not just another beauty blog. While, yes, I do consider myself a full-on makeup whore, I am as much a brainiac. And the culture of beauty is something I find extremely fascinating. How is beauty viewed around the world?

What makes beauty, beautiful?

So, Dear Reader, we are going to go on a journey. Tuesday seems like a good day to travel (FYI- did you know Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly?). Every Tuesday I will present a video from somewhere, about something beautiful. Let’s just jump in with both feet, shall we? Ritual scarification is the practice of cutting, or burning the skin as a means of cultural identity; or as conduit, or connection to the gods, or  ancestors. Many of us see tattoos similarly, as ways to physically mark certain memorable times or associations in our lives. But imagine, if you will, if getting a tattoo was as much a part of life as a sixteen year old getting a driver’s license? What if, as a toddler, your mother held you down as you received your first tattoo, on your face. And, what if, this practice was seen as an essential ritual to mark an individual’s acceptance and place into that culture?

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Taboo? Scarification

My guru-primo, Joseph Campbell, is someone you will become more familiar with, if you aren’t already. You’ve probably seen, or heard his most famous quote “follow your bliss” somewhere out-there on the inter-webs. He wrote and spoke about religion and mythology extensively. Without loading too much on you too fast, just know, he is paramount in my own growth both spiritually, and intellectually. Campbell reflects on scarification in his book The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology that globally, “the rituals of transformation from infancy to manhood are often excruciating ordeals. Many are deeply sacred rites.”

These scars identify these people to each other. One of the tribesmen states that he asks the scar-er to give him (the young man) marks just like his (scar-guy). There is art there. And in art, we find beauty.These aren’t just random scrapes, and scratches, but meticulously, planned and designed illustrations, that the individual will wear forever. They define who that person is, to some extent. As a tattooed person, I can appreciate how marks on the permanent record that is one’s skin, becomes as much a part of who you are, as the color of your eyes.

Beauty is as much a part of how we live our lives as it is the newest Urban Decay palette (have you seen it?). So return your seat to their upright position, and release your cultural biases, we are headed on a journey. Again, don’t judge. Just watch and listen.

It is beautiful.

National Geographic: Taboo

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