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Tattoos have become a common practice within today’s culture and society, particularly in the last two decades. Where we have seen, how that social stigma has faded, which associated having tattoos with the practice of criminal activities.
Carrying tattoos is currently seen more as a form of individual expression, a way to externalize those things that we miss, for which we feel passions, for those that define us or for which we feel strongly identified.
Although we can not deny it, having a tattoo is much more common in people of a character much more liberal and open-minded, while still reluctant before this practice ensure that tattoos only respond to you a fad of the moment.
In this case we will not focus on discussing this, since the subject would go for a long time. We just want you to bear in mind the peculiar transformation that this practice has undergone through the centuries.
It would be a serious mistake to think that this is a mere practice of a few years here, the truth is that making tattoos and engraving figures and symbols on our bodies is a custom that could easily lead to the first settlements of man.
In this particular case we seek to tell you about the Mayan culture and how it was closely related to the practice of tattoos. There is no need to stop for a long time to realize how the different civilizations of the world had their own custom and beliefs around tattoos. Mayan tattoos were not the only ones of the ancient world. Lately the Egyptian tattoos and the Viking tattoos that also refer to ancient civilizations have become fashionable.
At first the tattoo today has no specific purpose, what I mean by this is that there is no particular reason why someone should be tattooed today, since tattooing responds more to an internal need for express individualisms, having aesthetic reasons in the background.
The Mayans particularly decided to tattoo for various reasons, sometimes it was in order to seek protection in one of the various deities in which they believed, for this the figures of legendary gods and warriors are engraved, thus increasing their morale and that of your companions.
On the other hand, one of the main reasons why Mayan tattoos were made was to differentiate the members of their tribe from other nearby enemies. This they were able to do thanks to the Mayan facial tattoos they made.
On the other hand, as we have already said many times, these Mayan tattoos responded to the devotion and adoration of different mystical deities. They had hieroglyphic language, which they used to engrave the names of these gods on their bodies.
It is precisely in this way that Mayan tattoos are still used today, since the designs and language of this culture have been preserved through the generations, thanks to globalization any person in the world can investigate a little about this people and reach such an affinity point that they decide to tattoo a Mayan symbol.
One of the most famous and preferred designs of the Mayans was the figure of the jaguar, a typical animal of the area where the Mayans settled. This animal to them represented strength, dominion and power.
Only the warriors of higher rank and recognition could tattoo these tattoos that carried a great significance within society, in addition to this, the warriors used to dress with the skins of this animal and used their heads as helmets.
On the other hand we have the bat, which represented within the Mayan tattoos the winged guardian of the night, for this people it also symbolized both good and evil, it was seen as a symbol of high power and hierarchy.
Another of the most tattooed and prestigious symbols in the world of Mayan tattoos was that of the earth. With which the Mayans wanted to represent patience, since for them the earth was the maximum representation of this quality and sought to highlight the tranquility and clarity that this in turn offers.
In addition to patience, the symbol of the earth was also associated with the constant need for change.