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    Did Ancient Germanics Have Tattoos?

    hello there all

    I have been trying to find visual references to authentic ancient germanic/nordic tattoos with little luck.

    There are many greco-roman and arabic writings offering general descriptions of "tattooed" men, i just wondered if there any specfic designs/motifs/styles that anybody is aware of ??

    i think there is a book called "viking tattoo workwook", but am assuming these are modernernised/fantasty designs ???

    i have found some motifs such as sun disc, folk knot, shield knot etc , but again not sure if these were used by germanic tribes as "tattoos"

    any help appreciated

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    Re: Ancient tattoos?

    many thanks , there a few books i have taken note of. i was hoping for maybe any attachments of images and or more sites with tattoo / art examples (traditional)

    a question: is there any artwork such as knotwork/motifs UNIQUE to the tribes of the angles/jutes/saxons etc

    from the little research i have carried out, theres seems to be a large void between "nordic" and "germanic" artwork ???? with an overemphasis on "norse" ??

    I wish to find a traditional germanic/nordic authentic design/style for my first tattoo, and i do not want any confusion with celtic or christanised art (personal choice).

    any posted images or links would (again) be appreciated

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    Re: Ancient tattoos?

    i was hoping my learned friends who actually live and breath this history in the homelands would have been able to give me some more of an insight into past and present trends etc . what a poor response from this forum, sad.

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    Sv: Ancient tattoos?

    This is something i stumbled on when reading a book about wild plants for food and medicine. The author mentions when talking about Odon(Vaccinium uliginosum) don't know the english name for it though. That the juice of the berry was used for tatoos. But I think it was in Alaska. If the Vikings used it i dont know.

    They have also found preserved bodies in swamps in scandinavia from even the stoneage. They were so good preserved that they could analyse their stomach contents and see what plants they had eaten.

    This could be a way also to find really old preserved tatoos.

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    Sv: Ancient tattoos?

    Though not Germanic but still Indo-European/Aryan, Scythian and Pazyryk tattoos have been preserved on corpses:

    http://www.tattoosymbol.com/timeline/timeline-5.html

    http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_...hm11_3_30.html

    Regarding Germanic tattoos, the Arab traveller Ibn Fadlan had the following to say around the year 1000 about the Rus Vikings: Every man is tattooed from finger nails to neck with dark green (or green or blue-black) trees, figures, etc.

    This means that one can use ordinary motifs from Nordic and Germanic art, and such art is often preserved (just search for pics on "viking art" on google.com). When one compares Scythian art and Scythian tattoos, one does find that they are very similar, and this was probably also the case with Germanics.

    Some words on Celtic tattoos is found here:
    http://www.mauiceltic.com/celtic-art.htm

    For the Swedish-readers, I've written about the subject here:
    http://oskorei.motpol.nu/?p=196#comment-303

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    Check out kunsten pa kroppen, Denmark.
    Tattoo artist Erik Reime doing fab artwork traditional by hand.
    May help you along!

    Greetz

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    http://www.historisktatovering.dk/ might also be of interest

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    Did Ancient Germanics Have Tattoos?

    I have read an account by Islamic traveller Ahmad ibn Fadlan concerning members of the Rus who were heavily tattooed with distinctives designs reminiscent of trees and man-like figures (Yggdrasil and gods?), however i cannot seem to find any other hard evidence which points towards the widespread use of tattoos in pre 1000AD Germanic, such as the fact that none of the Germanic bog bodies have been found with tattoos.

    We know by Roman history that it was popular in Celtics culture but when it comes to Germanics with tattoos the items i have found are mainly unstubstanciated rumours such as speak of Christian Northumbrian laws made to prohibit pagan tattoos or tales like that of King Harold Godwinson's corpse being so mutillated that he could only be identified by the tattoos on his chest.

    Can anyone find any hard evidence pertaining to this subjext, such as contemporary sources? Information would be greatly appreciated.

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