A quick reflection on ancient symbols by Jondix
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In the 90’s six mummies were found in Gebelein (Egypt) and taken to the British museum. Just now they have analysed them and found that they are tattooed. They date from around 3000 bc. and this means only Ötzi is an older found person with tattoos, cause he is from 3370 bc.

But for me it is important to observe that the egyptian tattoos are animals and stuff compared to Ötzi‘s which are geometries and adornments. We can see sheep, bulls, and imperious lines still unknown.

A tattoo discovered on a 5000-year-old mummy_Image © British Museum
A tattoo discovered on a 5000-year-old mummy_Image © British Museum

Also there’s female and male, not only female like we though till now. But of course the meaning is still unknown…the only thing we can say is that tattoos were done to emphasise things, but we don’t know exactly what, status, religion, body…

Egyptologists say that these markings on a predynastic male mummy, revealed using infrared imaging, are tattoos showing two animals.
Egyptologists say that these markings on a predynastic male mummy, revealed using infrared imaging, are tattoos showing two animals.

But researchers will try to find out the mystery and I wonder why. I think because it had important meaning for them. It wasn’t just a fashion I’m sure about it. And I believe tattoos need to have some deep meaning and not just to be like everyone else with same clothes, same car, watch, etc.

A tattoo discovered on a 5000-year-old mummy_Image © British Museum
A tattoo discovered on a 5000-year-old mummy_Image © British Museum

I believe in tattoos with more depth and “magic” and I think tats how it was since the beginning of humankind.

A ritual scene painted on a Predynastic pottery jar depicts multiple S-shaped motifs and a man holding a curved implement © British Museum
A ritual scene painted on a Predynastic pottery jar depicts multiple S-shaped motifs and a man holding a curved implement © British Museum
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