Tattoos have always had an important role in ritual andtradition. In Borneo, women tattooed their symbols on theirforearm indicating their particular skill. If a woman wore asymbol indicating she was a skilled weaver, her status as primemarriageable material was increased. Tattoos around the wrist andfingers were believed to ward away illness. Throughout historytattoos have signified membership in a clan or society. Eventoday groups like the Hells Angels tattoo their particular groupsymbol. TV and movies have used the idea of a tattoo indicationmembership in a secret society numerous times. It has beenbelieved that the wearer of an image calls the spirit of thatimage. The ferocity of a tiger would belong to the tattooedperson. That tradition holds true today shown by theproliferation of images of tigers, snakes, and bird of prey.


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