Tattoos Were Not Invented at the Jersey Shore, Tramp Stamps Have Been Around Since Ancient Times
I know so many people who have either received a permanent tattoo or a temporary henna tattoo while hanging out at the Jersey Shore. There are so many styles of tattoos to choose from and the artists today are so talented. I have seen 3D tattoos that really look like a snake is coming off someone’s arm and is about to bite me! I was so surprised to read in the New York Post that the so-called “tramp stamp” isn’t a sign of trashiness — it’s early women’s tradition. A recent discovery has lead researchers to believe that ancient Egyptian women got tattoos on their lower back to protect themselves and others during childbirth.
A new study by John Hopkins University reveals that tramp stamps have been around since ancient times. Researchers were examining the mummified remains of two Egyptian women when they noticed they both had tramp stamps. The researchers say the women got inked to protect themselves during childbirth. “One possibility is that these motifs were not worn by all women, but only by those who would be involved in the birth-giving process, being midwives and/or women partaking in rituals related to childbirth. Historically, childbirth has always been a highly dangerous and often deadly endeavor, which has inspired an array of myths and spells around the world to protect pregnant mothers.”
It is pretty foreign to us to think of childbirth as dangerous although every labor and delivery varies for all women. To most of us, the experience of childbirth is an emotional and physical journey like no other. A journey we will cherish for life! -Maryann Morgan
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