SS 309 — Tattoos and Body Modification

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

This course examines tattoos and various types of body modification, such as facial piercing and scarification, in Asian, Southeast Asian and Polynesian cultures. Students are introduced to ethnographic studies on tattoos and other corporal adornment practices and learn how the biological human body is transformed into a social canvas. (G4: Social Sciences; G9: Other World Civilizations).