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Tattooing in China, from a Penalty to a Popular Art

Tattooing in China, from a Penalty to a Popular Art


Tattooing used to be applied to criminals as a penalty thousands of years ago in China, while as it was brought and developed in Japan, it becomes a really popular cultural phenomenon around the world.

Source 自编

Topic Culture, History, Hobbies, Entertainment

ID M0108

Date of Publication 29-Dec-2015

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人们在三千五百年前的岩洞壁画上发现了“绘面人”的存在,证实了文身在中国已经有上千年的历史。

Tattooing has existed in China for more than thousands of years since the face-painted men have been found on the cave paintings which were created 3500 years ago.


后来,文身被用于古代的刑法上,称为“墨刑”,用来处罚犯人。

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Then a penal code called ‘ink-tattooing’ had been applied to criminals as a punishment in ancient China.


再后来,文身从中国传到日本,在日本发展成了高度精致的艺术。日本武士和艺伎身上就文有各种各样的图案。

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Later on, the tattooing was introduced into Japan and developed as a highly-refined art. Japanese Samurai and geisha girls used to tattoo different tips or designs on their bodies.


现在,文身在全世界越来越流行,文身行业也逐渐兴起。

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Nowadays, tattooing is getting more and more popular around the world, and the industry in China is well and truly off the ground.

 

据说,最常见的现象是,中国人喜爱文英文,而外国人喜爱文中国字。

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What is a common and funny thing to see is that Chinese people love

putting   English letters on their different parts of their body, while  foreigners love Chinese letters instead.


看来,艺术不分国界,文化引领潮流。

Indeed, art thrives beyond the frontiers and culture always leads the trend.


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