Scarification | Ritual | Forum
May 29, 2012
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?
May 29, 2012
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.
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.
April 3, 2012
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.
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