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August 30, 2011
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Leanz55
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Hey everyone!

 

So Im a new member to the Church and I was wondering if anyone could help me out and point me in the direcition of some books so i may further educated myself on spirituality and body modification

 

Thanks! 

August 31, 2011
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There's relatively little i've found directly related to body modification and spirituality in books.

Pagan Fleshworks is a nice book, which is mostly photos, but has some discussion about this topic, and little quotes with the photos about what the mod means to that person.

Lizardman's book covers some of this, but ironically he strongly argues his thoughts and beliefs are in no way spiritual.

I have a few on my Amazon wish list which i've yet to sample, which may be interesting….

There's a couple of films which are a good watch and educational too. Modify the Movie is the main example, excellent film. Steve Howarth's film (i can't remember the title) also covers this a bit, but there's also a lot of Steve talking about how great Steve is imho.

 

Depending on your angle for research you could either look at anthropology and culural study, or read religious/spiritual/philosophical texts and apply the knowledge to modification.

You could also read on the modern body modification culture. Running the Gauntlet by Jim Ward is a great start. The BME Wiki is also a brilliant online resource, although you need to pick through. There's a few other bits on BME, old modblog and interviews which might be interesting if you've not read them before.

 

Oh, and welcome to the Church!Laugh

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
August 31, 2011
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Amazon One-Click is a devious invention!Yell

I've just ordered all those books on my list!Embarassed

I'll let people know what they're like when i've read them!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
August 31, 2011
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Thanks!!! Ill def look into all those :)

September 1, 2011
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If you find anything of interest please report back!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
September 4, 2011
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A website i stumbled upon recently is

http://www.vanishingtattoo.com…..index.html

Don't be put off by the look of the front page, there's a wealth of history and anthropolgical info on there (included lots of Lars Krutak papers).

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
September 5, 2011
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I just purchased "In the Flesh" by Victoria Pitts off of Amazon.  The order arrived earlier this week.  I haven't yet started reading the book, but it sounds very interesting.  Its supposed to be about the place body modification holds in various subcultures.  When I do get around to reading it, I'll write a bit of a review and let everyone here know how it was.

September 5, 2011
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I'm halfway though that one at present, and you're in for a treat. Brilliant book in my opinion.

It's a sociological work, which does very much frame the tone and direction, but is intelligent and thought provoking.

 

I've also read the Featherstone edited one, which is a collection of sociology and english papers published in journals, which involve the body and modification as a theme. It's good, but rather dated in many resepcts (the whole modified community is viewed through statements and work from Fakir Mustafar up to the mid nineties). There's also some interesting stuff on Sterlarc and ORLAN in there, which is good or bad, depending on you view of those artists! A few chapters seem less directly relevant, being about body building etc, but still worth reading. There's also some negative stuff about reasons for body mods, but again something which should not be ignored (but can be rubutted – i found myself arguing with a author in my head at one point!).

 

I've also thought of another book which is ok if you want something less academic and more visual, which is called 'Return of the Tribal'. Nice pics, and like Pagan Fleshworks has a bit about people's reasons and the significance of mods.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
September 9, 2011
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So I just ordered  "In the fleash" and Im in the process of getting the rest! I contated the local tribal musuem by my house and the directors going to be sending me a list of reads soon. Once i get them ill post them 

Thanks everyone!!

BTW that website http://www.vanishingtattoo.com is really awesome! 

September 9, 2011
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I can't believe i forgot to mention Modern Primitives! Just in case you haven't heard of it, this book often gets cited as moving the modern movement out of the shadows. Great read, a bit dated (ie Doug Malloy's made up history of mods), but a very important book, definately worth reading.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
September 16, 2011
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I recommend of course the piercing bible, and 'running the gauntlet' by jim ward.  I think everyone should read these books, running the gauntlet is about one of the fathers of the piercing industry and how he created the profession in america, very very good read.  "in the flesh" by victoria pitts as stated is good, it is very much a sociological look at people and the ideas behind their mods.  "Pagan fleshworks" by maureen mercury has alot of people's ideas behind their mods and awesome awesome pictures.

 

As for spirituality, I recommend 'magick liber aba' by aleister crowley, it's about ceremonial magick but filled with good ideas.  "Wicca: a guide for solitary practicioners" by scott cunningham is an old book but got me into wicca, "Condensed Chaos" by phil hine is the book that got me into chaos magick and amazing, also check out "prometheus rising" by robert anton wilson, it's more about psychology and our perspectives but one of the best books I've ever read.  These are probably my top 4 occult books.

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