10 Bizarre body deformation practices

Whether you are into it or not, you have to admit that there are times when body deformation can be taken to the extreme to such a point as to say, hey, enough is enough. Some people think of it as a form of self-expression. Others believe that if it changes your natural appearance, you are hiding behind deformation and are expressing that you do not like your self. Like anything else, body deformation has its followers. Read on, dear reader and let us know which side of the fence these items fall under.

10. Body Piercing


Body piercing is an invasive procedure with risks of infection and excessive scarring. If it is not done right, it can be very dangerous indeed. Many people do body piercings for religious reasons, but in today’s modern world, it is an expression of individuality and sometimes even young revolt against the norm. Some people like it, most people tolerate it in those that we love. There is a large portion of the population that find it gross and very undesirable. What many people fail to realize is that it is almost as old a tradition as any other form of body modification and deformation and has been around almost as long as humans. It is not surprising to find ear, nose, and even genital piercing in mummified tombs. Even the iceman of Australia had earring. Unfortunately, there are always those who are willing to take it to the extreme, ensuring that it will never be fully accepted.

9. Tooth and Ear Sharpening


Tooth sharpening was done in a spiritual light, historically, and also in Bali to change negative emotions, which were thought to reside in the teeth. There are some people in today’s world who still do this weird act of body deformation but certainly not for any spiritual aspirations. Now it is done because some teenage simpleton wants to either look like a vampire, or emulate his or her idol, lead singer for Twisted Sister, Dee Snider. Vampires are all the rage now so I guess I get that. What I do not get, however, is ear sharpening. There simply is no reason to snip ones ears into points unless you want to look like an elf and if you are not a midget, that’s out; or you want to look like Mr. Spock from the popular television show and movies. If you are not already green, (Spock has a green tint because of his green blood) then why bother with that?

8. Breast Ironing


This is, unfortunately, as bad as it sounds. Someone, usually the mother, will hold a girl aged 8-13 or just as she starts to blossom, and iron her chest with an extremely hot object. They are trying to stop her breasts from growing, believing in their minds that they are protecting the child from rape and/or pregnancy. They also beat on the chest with heated objects like the kitchen tool used to mash potatoes or anything that they can get. They pound and press with the heated object, causing more damage than they realize. The crazy part of it is that their intentions are good. They want the child not to be molested and to have a chance to finish her education.

More than 4 million females have suffered this fate at the hands of loved ones over the years in regions of the Republic of Cameroon. Breast ironing causes tissue damage, which can lead to breast cancer, cysts, infections, the inability to breast-feed their eventual children, depression, and malformation and/or the loss of at least one breast and possibly both.

7. Racial Transformation


Michael Jackson. There, I said it and got it out of the way. Now you do not have to sit there after you read this item on our list and wonder what you just read because you were thinking about M.J. the whole time. Racial Transformation is not completely possible although many people have tried. Their motivations have varied from scientific curiosity to survival to just plain race envy. With the stigma that has been placed on certain races, often times the attempt to change one thing to be like a certain race turns out to be completely wrong to start with. For instance, many people consider the African race to be black, with kinky hair. In actuality, a true African usually has straighter hair. Many people also fail to realize that there are millions upon millions of Egyptians on this big blue planet of ours and that Egyptians are Africans. So being African is not necessarily being black.

The only thing that is clear is that race transformation attempts are really nothing more than body deformations because you are physically changing something through surgery or chemically. But hey, more power to you. If it floats your boat, go sailing.

6. Scarification


Scarification is pretty much what it sounds like, supposed body beautification through the creation of scars on the body. They have actually taken this to art-form level, knowing exactly how deep to cut for what effect and understanding what affect each degree of burn will produce. scarification2They even know how to optimize the process through the healing treatment. scarification2The technique is so developed that they have figured out how to release the brains endorphins, the chemical components that block pain and can put the person being scarred into a euphoric state of bliss during the procedure.

Scarification, or cicatrisation in French, is an elaborate form of deformation that has squirreled its way into most modern cultures. Scarification produces trauma to the skin; the scarification performer must have in-depth knowledge of the human skin to avoid excessively deep cuts or burning too hot for too long. It is hard to find qualified scarificators, perhaps because the procedure is not as popular as tattooing.

Scarification was used widely throughout history to mark people for status, accomplishments, and even as punishment. However, the coolest modification I have ever seen is where Brad Pitt slices swastikas on the forehead of the Nazi he lets live. In the immortal words of Aldo Raine, [sic] “You probably heard we ain’t in the prisoner-takin’ business; we in the killin’ Nazi business. And cousin, business is a-boomin'”.

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