Not only cultural appropriation, but slight ignorance in Kemetic culture. Traditionally tattooing in Kemetic Antiquity was usually reserved for women, as shown on this Blue Faience Figurine:
Hieroglyphics were rarely used, it was mainly geometric patterns and designs. Kemet is generally accepted as the cradle of tattoo art, and by the Middle Kingdom tattoos seem to have been popular and culturally acceptable.
Several mummies have been recovered that date to as early as the XI Dynasty (2160-1994 B.C.E) that exhibit tattoo art forms. One of the most famous of those early mummies is that of Amunet, a priestess of the goddess Hathor, who was found at Thebes. This female mummy displayed several lines and dots tattooed about her body. The tattoo patterns and markings were still clearly visible on her flesh.
Female mummies with tattoos had been buried in an area associated with royal and elite burials.
Several other female mummies from this period show similar tattoos in addition to ornamental scarring (cicatrization) which is still popular today in some parts of Africa across the lower part of the abdomen. The series of dots and dashes held protective and fertility promoting significance. The lozenges are connected to the primal female power of the universe - motherhood.
The traditional reasons for tattooing include as a way to connect with the Divine, as a tribute or act of sacrifice to a deity, as a talisman, a permanent amulet that cannot be lost and to provide magical or medical protection.
The earliest known tattoo with a picture of something specific, rather than an abstract pattern, represents the god Bes. Bes is the lascivious god of revelry and he served as the patron god of dancing girls and musicians, a precursor in way to the Greek god Dionysus. Bes’s image appears as a tattoo on the thighs of dancers and musicians in many Egyptian paintings, and Bes tattoos have been found on female Nubian mummies dating from about 400 B.C.E.
The connection between tattoos and the divine existed in ancient Kemet.
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