Re: mutilation and ritual

John McCreery (jlm@TWICS.COM)
Fri, 5 Jul 1996 08:07:47 +0900

> Nothing exists in a vacuum in any culture!
>Japanese irezumi (sp?) or full body tattooing was once a man's real clothing.
>Now, I understand it is the mark of the "old fashioned" John, have you
>noticed anything in Japan about the waning of tattooing?
>- Adrienne

Nope, but that doesn't mean a thing. The conventional association of
tattooing with Yakuza (Japanese Mafia) persists as a cultural stereotype,
but I know zip about the distribution of tattoos and how it is changing
over time.

John McCreery
3-206 Mitsusawa HT, 25-2 Miyagaya, Nishi-ku
Yokohama 220, JAPAN

"And the Lord said unto Cyrus, 'Shall the clay say to him who moldest it,
what makest thou? Let the potsherd of the earth speak to the potsherd of
the earth." --An anthropologist's credo