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May 29, 2012
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PaulDoll
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Can someone help me understand a bit more about scarification. I know basically what it is, but I'm asking for a deeper perspective of it. What can be ritualistic about it?

May 29, 2012
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Oakbear
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Hi PaulDoll, nice to hae you on the forum!

I believe any modification process can be a ritual, by design or sometimes by it's nature. I think it's a lot to do with intent, in particular one which may not be obvious in the act itself, and having a set of prescribed actions.

In terms of scarification it can lend itself to this as it often takes quite a period of time, and thus can test endurance and encourage altered states of consciousness. Many tribal cultures have used scarification as a ritual, marking passings such as ceremonies to enter adulthood.

 

I hope that helps a bit?

"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
June 14, 2012
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thank you, that helps a lot. i had almost forgotten that tribes use it for ritual rights. i understand much better by your explanation especially when you said "can test endurance and encourage altered states of consciousness." sorry for the late reply, i have not been on due to final exams.

thank you again.

June 14, 2012
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While receiving my moxibustion brand I meditated, at first because I wanted to, but as the pain increased I soon realized that I had no choice.  I don't believe I could have endured the 45-60 minutes of pain without meditation.

Afterwords, I found that meditating was easier because the experience forced me to meditate for longer than I ever had before.

Sometimes I wonder if I can say anything in less than a hundred words.
June 14, 2012
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To elaborate a bit more on the whole time concept, i find that the time it takes to heal is also a direct measure of ones discipline with any mod. It shows focus and bears as constant reminder of the process buy which it was done, and just how i body works giving a deeper more spiritual understanding and concept of ourselves.

Jimmy "English" Lesniewski
June 15, 2012
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thank you for the explanations. the level at which each of you have explained the enlightenment factor of this subject is truly inspiring to me. I understand this much better now.

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