Body Painting

According to the opinion of some individuals' body painting is perhaps the most ancient form of art. The origin of body painting can be traced back to the ancient cultures including that of Native Americans.

Body painting is a temporary form of body art and lasts for only several hours or at the most a few weeks unlike the tattoos or other forms of body art, which lasts for several months and are considered as semi-permanent forms of body painting. In fact body painting is simply a way of emphasizing an individual's visual appeal. The significance of the wide assortment of colors used in the art of body painting varies from culture to culture. A body painting has the ability to transform a person into a spirit, another gender and a classic piece of art or even a map of a sacred place.

If we turn the pages of history we will see that the substances used for body painting have been important items of trade. Body painting with clay or other natural pigments existed in most of the tribal cultures. The tribal folk of different regions used to adorn themselves with various body-painting patterns during the special ceremonies. In the earlier days body painting was considered as a social taboo. The modern body painting is prompted by relaxation of social customs regarding nudity. Body painting in the contemporary times doesn't necessarily means painting on fully nude bodies. Body painting in the recent times mostly includes smaller designs on one smaller part of the body. Today body painting has become a rage in the fashion circuit. Face painting, henna tattoos or mehendi are included in body painting.

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