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May 7, 2024


𝐓𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 has become a significant component of global popular culture and the focus of many anthropological studies worldwide. 𝗕𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗸 (or batok) is the general term for the traditional tattoos of the Igorots, a collective term for the ethnic groups found in the northern part of the Cordillera region of the Philippines. 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩𝙤𝙠 is the equivalent local term used by the Butbut of Kalinga, an ethnolinguistic group found in Northern Luzon. Traditionally, the Butbut tattooed themselves profusely with elaborate designs on the wrists, arms, chest, legs, and in some instances, the face, primarily as painful rites of passage, a means of denoting religious and political status, or for personal adornment.
(𝘈𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘴, 𝘈𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘺𝘯 𝘝. 𝘚𝘢𝘭𝘷𝘢𝘥𝘰𝘳-. (2013). 𝘛𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯𝘬, 𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘰𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴: 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘰𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘒𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘢 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘺 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘓𝘶𝘻𝘰𝘯, 𝘗𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴. 𝘘𝘶𝘦𝘻𝘰𝘯 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘺: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴.)

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