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Tatoos emerge as cultural threat to Zim society

The acting of one getting a tatoo was largely known to be prevalant in the 1st world where the practise has for long been in existence. From an African perpespective the act of tatooing was taboo but of late the young have begun embarking on this practice.

Due to the huge influence of the media and wider exposure to the outside world young African appear to have adopted a practise which would in the past land an African child into trouble by their parents.

For a country such as Zimbabwe which os largely christian, tatoos were over the years unacceptable. The practice was deemed to be an act of sin with several references made to Leviticus which reads, ”You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tatoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.”

Being the christian nation that Zimbabwe is tatoos were deemed to be an act that is anti-christian but with more and more children pursuing studies abroad where tatoos are part of the European way of life parents appear to have lost control as often a time children retun home with tatoos emulated from the western culture.

A tattoo is a form of body modification where a design is made by inserting ink, dyes and pigments, either indelible or temporary, into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. The art of making tattoos is tattooing. Tattoos fall into three broad categories: purely decorative; symbolic; pictorial.

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