Scarification in sub-Saharan Africa: Social skin, remedy and medical import

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  • Roland Garve
  • Miriam Garve
  • Jens C. Türp
  • Julius N. Fobil
  • Christian G. Meyer

Various forms of body modification may be observed in sub-Saharan Africa. Hypotheses and theories of scarification and tribal marking in sub-Saharan Africa are described, plus the procedure of scarification, examples from several African countries, assumed effects in prevention and treatment of diseases, and the medical risks resulting from unsterile manipulation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTropical Medicine and International Health
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)708-715
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 06.2017

    Research areas

  • Health sciences - Medical consequences of scarification, Scarification, Social significance, Sub-Saharan Africa, Theories of tribal marking