With this new census in hand, researchers hope to finally answer the question of what the tattoos mean. Since then, researchers have rigorously analyzed the Iceman to paint a picture of what life was like during the start of the Bronze Age some 5, years ago. We now know that he suffered from a variety of degenerative ailments and ultimately died from an arrow wound to the shoulder. However, his peculiar horizontal line tattoos are still a formidable riddle to solve.
Early studies initially detected some 49 to 57 tattoos, eventually rising to The tallies varied over time because his tattoos are difficult to spot. For one, the guy is 5, years old so his skin is understandably weathered and browned.
On top of that, his tattoos were likely applied by puncturing the top layer of skin and rubbing in charcoal. They published their findings this week in the Journal of Cultural Heritage.
This map shows the locations of all 19 tattoo clusters. Each group of tattoos is simply a set of horizontal or vertical lines. The tattoos may have demarcated the locations for acupuncture treatments, or perhaps the tattoos were the treatment. Ultimately, all theses theories could be dead wrong and the tattoos symbolic of something entirely different.
If he had a more complex tattoo then the it might be a different story. Just like egyptian or greek sculptures? If it were a highly intricate tat of say like a blonde chick with a sugar skull face I would say… it may not age that well. Ogham is indecipherable as far as science is concerned. There is a well documented history of using abstract symbols in tattooing for shamanistic and medicinal purposes. The fact that they correspond with areas in his body where he was suffering from physical inflictions does however provide a fairly strong clue towards a medicinal purpose for the tattoos, rather than as a form of data storage.
There is of course a silly legend that says Ogham was invented by a Scythian prince after the litlle fraccas at the tower of Babel, but that is of course fanciful and not documented in any source predading the 11th CE, centuries after the rather brief period in which Oghma was even used.
Obviously no hexagrams are present, but the trigrams could have had meaning then. Not trying to get you Scientific dating techniques used on otzi the iceman do the work for me, but just in case you already know….
It astounds me that everyone seems to play make believe and let them spout nonsense as soon as people drop the R-word.
Heck, look at the wikipedia article on the subject. It says you posted this 2 months ago. Are you still a whiney little fgt white knight cuck now? Of age and there not distorted or wrinkled.
I have 7 tats. This entire comment section seems to be random old farts spouting anecdotes. What really shows how much of a neckbeard he is he named himself after a command interpreter from unix-like systems. Needs to get outta here before he gets hit with a shellshock. I have no Tats, and never will. Instead, the money that might have gone into Tats is in my savings account. You are such a paragon citizen, look at you! We should all be more like you. Not judging anybody, just stating a fact.
Please re-read my post then do the same for yours. Who is the judgmental one? How do you expect that comment not to come across as judgmental and pretentious.
In a in-between-the-lines sort of way River is being judgmental. If the comment was left alone without any one pointing this out it would have been ignored and oft times that speaks louder then words.
Ophelia was being rude in her Scientific dating techniques used on otzi the iceman. Respectively 63 and 57, and have the rest of them mapped out. Choices should be left alone. There is overwhelming scientific consensus on the evidence that tattoos and piercings are linked to underlying mental health issues.
Denial is a very banal habit. Your opinion counts, I will not deny you that, and if it counts with you then keep it. I have no qualms with that. See chuckles, I am not claiming to be intellectually well adapted.
I have never claimed any of the aforementioned, well adapted, normal functioning, etcetera. I grew up and followed the -not easiest or one of a path of least resistance-path that I chose.
I chose to be a Marine, made sure you had the freedom to sit behind the curtain and issue your plagiarized proclamations from upon high. But those things never really crossed my mind. My suggestion to you is to lighten up and look around you.
And stop trying to be someone you are not. I love a good story. My mental illness, underlying or not, probably started when I was about 4. Sitting on the lap of a woman born inbecame a doctor by experience, yet was deemed a second class citizen and was not allowed to vote until she was And she rolled her own smokes, yet told me to never smoke.
Funny, she never was wealthy, yet she was richer than you ever could know. As a child I hated getting out of bed until she showed me that life started new every time you woke up, and there Mom is where you need to start.
So, have at it, tear it up, call me vile names if you have to-I noticed your language was a little off base and very vulgar back there on someone. I could of just told you to F off, but to what end?
How does that really have any meaning. That was not a question. Are you setting the bar that low after your diagnosis of my underlying mental illness? Then we could work on the polar parts, the depressive parts, phrenic parts, the paranoia parts, manic, panic, anxieties, all of the good stuff ya know. And hopefully this will give you enough stuff to take up a sufficient amount of time and subject matter that you and others will not know where to start, how to approach it, what exactly to say-call me anything except sane, rational, well developed, educated, or any of the many scholarly names that go along with grammar or writing skills other than that I have a spelling app.