We often think that tattooing is a new art that has been introduced to Vietnam in recent years. But in fact that is not true, tattooing, also known as tattooing, is a custom of the ancient Vietnamese people dating back hundreds of years. The only difference is that tattoos exist in different states with different special meanings. To better understand the ancient Vietnamese tattoo custom, let's find out with Rio right away the content in the article below!
The custom of tattooing of the ancient Vietnamese people
From the Ly - Tran dynasties onwards, especially in the Tran dynasties, from kings and mandarins to chi people, everyone liked to have tattoos on their body and for those in the skull couple royal family, serving in the court were forced to have tattoos on their bodies. consider it as a law that must be enforced. During the reign of King Tran Anh Tong (1293 - 1314) he opposed this, because the king was very afraid of needles being inserted into his skin, although Emperor Tran Nhan Tong was prepared to tattoo Anh Tong. Therefore, in the future, whoever wants to get tattooed is not a rule anymore. During the Tran Dynasty, members of the Thanh Duc army who guarded the chariot were tattooed on their foreheads with three words Thien Tu Quan, that is, Thien Tu's army. In addition to the army of Thien Tu, all soldiers of the Tran Dynasty had two tattoos of the word "Sat That" (meaning to kill the enemy) in the battle against the Yuan Mongols. That can clearly see the spirit of our nation's determination to defend the country. The tattooists in this period were all brave warriors, courageous, with extremely high will to fight.
The method of tattooing of the ancient Vietnamese people
How did the ancient Vietnamese people use to mark tattoos on the body perfectly, lasting for decades? At that time, some tribes had the custom of creating tattoos painted on human skin. Tattoo ink is made from crushed charcoal or soot, then put into crushed animal bones. To draw and create ntes lines, they use pieces of bamboo or needles sewn onto a stick. Then dip them in pre-mixed ink, using a mallet to gently seal them into the skin. In some South Asian countries and India, they make tattoo ink from parts of the henna plant. Leaves, flowers or branches are ground into powder and mixed with hot water. To create other colors, they mixed other types of leaf powder such as green tea leaves, tamarind leaves, and coffee leaves. Occasionally add some other oils to create shine. By 1891, tattoo art had turned a new page when Samuel O'Reilly of New York City invented the first "electrical engraving machine". This is the father of the tattoo machine still in use today.
Tattoo art today
At each stage, tattoos will exist in different states, with day of the dead different meanings. Each stage is a development, cultivation and there are new things than the previous ones. Over thousands of years, tattooing today has become an art, diverse in styles, schools and with many meanings.