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The History And Traditions Of Jagua Body Art


Jagua Body Art has origins right through the Amazon Rainforests. From Panama in Central America right down to Argentina in South America.

The indigenous people from these many different countries speak lots of different languages and have lots of different traditions. But they also share a lot of cultural traditions, one of these traditions is the ancient art of Jagua Tattooing. The jagua tattoos are worn for festive and decorative purposes, and also to provide protection from insect bites.

Different tribes have their own culture and history of Jagua Body Art. Like with all forms of body art (e.g. regular tattoos and traditional henna or mendhi) different regions develop their own styles and patterns. For different traditional Jagua Body Art Styles try researching some of the indigenous peoples known to use Jagua for Body Art, such as:

    * Wounan
    * Emberra
    * Bakairi
    * Kayapo

For some amazing photographs of Traditional Jagua Tattoos check out the Galleries and some of the sites listed on our Links page.

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