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Información, cultura y sociedad

versión On-line ISSN 1851-1740


MARTINEZ MUSINO, Celso. Indirect causes, reasons or circumstances of scriptural portability in human skin. Inf. cult. soc. [online]. 2016, n.34, pp.63-78. ISSN 1851-1740.

From the origins of human development, we have found traces, which show an intrinsic need of the symbolic marking on the skin, in the beginning mainly images, and then any writing system. The objective of this descriptive study is to identify what are the main causes, reasons or circumstances that human skin is used as a writing surface. Some results are the followings: the skin of the human body is used: a) for reasons beyond the control of the individual; b) personal motivations; and, c) still undefined circumstances, that is, for reasons of extreme vulnerability of the person. Some conclusions are: 1) from the three categories mentioned it depends on the type of writing; 2) thresholds from primitive human being, it has had the need to express, to distinguish individually or collectively, by painting or tattooing, both definitive and temporarilly. The skin is one of the means, not only to carry images but also to show some form of writing (letters, numbers, words, text); 3) this study, as first approach, may be a window of opportunity to deepen the subject.

Palabras clave : Writing; Skin; Causes; Motivations; Circumstances.

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