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Saturday, 3 February 2018

Wow! Tribal Marks And Their Meanings...Number 3 Meaning is weird





TRIBAL MARKS

Tribal marks in Nigeria have always been a
significant part of our culture. Yorubaland is one
of the cradles of this practice.

*ORIGIN of TRIBAL MARKS

If you look deeply into history, the practice of tribal marks has been in existence
for hundreds of years and they are not peculiar to Nigeria, not even Africa. The
major purpose of tribal marks is for identification of members of same tribes or
families. The permanent marks became one of the symbols of identification for
tribe members. Let’s take a look at the most usable styles of marks for Yoruba
and Nigeria.

*HOW ARE TRIBAL MARKS MADE?


Tribal marks are made through scarification
technique. People who make these marks usually
use razors or sharp objects to make them on
children’s faces or other parts of their bodies. Then they rub native dye from
charcoal marks to prevent the skin from closing up as the body tries to heal
itself. The native dye also helps to stop bleeding.

*TRIBAL MARKS AND THEIR MEANING.


Some Yoruba societies still practice the tradition
facial marking in these modern times. According to the traditions, every child in
Yoruba land is born into a patrilineal clan. This clan share marks or “ila,” family
name “oriki,” taboos and poetry.
Tribal marks mean different things and serve
different purposes among different tribes and
families.
Let’s take a look at four most used explanations for tribal marks in Yoruba land
and beyond!

1. IDENTIFICATION

Tribal marks in Nigeria have always been a significant part of our culture. Yoruba
land is one of the cradles of this practice. fy the bearer of the
mark as one of the family or clan members. People may have different types of
marks according to their villages and families origin.

2. RELIGION and SPRIRITUAL PROTECTION

Some facial marks can be identified as part of
religious practices. In some parts of Yoruba land
tribal marks on the face are believed to grant
spiritual power to children, protect a child from evil spirits and stop death from
taking the child at the very young age.
This practice can be witnessed not only in Yoruba
but also in many other tribes of Nigeria.

3. HEALING PURPOSES

One of the most unusual meanings associated to
tribal marks is connected to traditional healing
practices. Healers in some tribes mark children
faces and bodies to help them to recover. It was
used to treat children with measles, pneumonia, and convulsion. The healing
marks could be made on any part of the body. These marks are very small and
often difficult to spot.

4. BEAUTIFICATION PURPOSES

Tribal marks in Nigeria were also used for
beautification purposes. Traditional men and women believed that tribal marks
made them look more attractive.
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TOP 5 TYPES OF YORUBA TRIBAL MARKS


1. ILE IFE tribal mark (picture below)

This style is called the Pele. It’s simply three long
lines inscribed on the cheeks. Pele is popular among Ile Ife people, but almost
every Yoruba tribe has their own form of pele; for the Egbas their pele looks more
like a not too long dash.

2. EGBA tribal mark

It`s called Owu. It is six incisions on each side of the cheek. It’s the indigenous
type of mark for Owu in Abeokuta, Ogun State. You can find this facial mark on
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

3.OGBOMOSHO tribal mark

Gombo also called Keke. This tribal mark consists of curved and straight lines
inscribed on both sides of the cheek. This mark is indigenous to Ogbomosho.

4. OYO tribal mark

This mark is called Abaja. It’s a form of three or four horizontal stripes on the
cheek, It is possible to see up to twelve stripes on the cheeks. This mark is
unique for Oyo people. You can find this mark on Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.

5. NUPE tribal mark

Nupe tribal marks are drawn with different styles of curves on the face. One of
the most interesting
styles is one vertical strip on both cheeks. This style is indigenous to the people
of Kogi state.
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The main purpose of Yoruba tribal marks and their names is simply identification.
Today, tribal marks are a tradition in remote villages. Parents do not need tribal
marks for identification anymore, a lot of villages and tribes no longer make marks
on children’s faces or any part of their bodies for the the purpose of identification,
although there are some Yoruba people who still make marks on both children and
adults for spiritual purposes.
It’s almost impossible to find these marks on the
faces and bodies of modern young people, But, who knows? Maybe, one day these
marks will become stylish again!


My question is can Tribal Mark make someone look more Beautiful/Handsome?


LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW........

BY: MARVELLOUS IFEANYICHUKWU

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