What is scarification?

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Scarification is a decorative process performed on the skin that involves burning, scraping or cutting, according to National Geographic. It is a rite of passage in many cultures and signifies the passage from infancy to adulthood.

In America, although not as frequent as traditional ink tattooing, scarification represents an alternative identity in a culture where appearance is altered through plastic surgery and Botox injections. Some of the earliest examples of scarification occurred among western Pacific people, such as the Maori. The patterned cuts were rubbed with ash, which formed blackened scars when they healed. In some cultures, those who have rejected scarification are not able to participate in tribal activities, such as trading.

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scar·i·fi·ca·tion
[skar-uh-fi-key-shuhn]
NOUN
1.
an act or instance of scarifying.
2.
the result of scarifying; a scratch or scratches.
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