In the 18th, 19th and even 20th centuries body painting was the main coating of warriors, a symbol of manhood and power. But above all it was the expression of a culture, it was used to showcase the functions of Chiefs or even Sorcerers.
It was also used for a temporary state, such as mourning, or during initiatory rites. Its spiritual function is very important. The Body painting is believed to have protected people from evil spirits and even attributed to the powers of divinities to those who wore it.
It has its roots in Africa and the Caribbean. It combines beauty and cultural identity, to say that this art is part of traditional rites. It is one of the first forms of plastic expression practiced by mankind, which is today undergoing a renaissance in modernized form corresponding to the present time.
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