Today, some people are so crazy about tattoos that it has become their life long obsession. And for others? They will rather die than have their skin tattooed.
But, in ancient Africa, where there were only tribes and kingdoms, everybody wore tattoos on the face; a tribal mark.
The mark was an identity card. It told a stranger instantly who you are. Every tribe had their own unique mark. It was important for security and identification. Without it, you wee lost in the world.
In those days, there were fierce tribal wars. Tribes were constantly fighting each other. So, there wasn’t stability in society. People got lost - and got found. Tribe members readily risked their lives to protect each other.
When a person got lost, her tribal marks helped neighboring tribes send her back home.
If a tribe found another tribe member and enslaved her, that meant war. And, any lost person without a tribal mark became a slave. No tribal mark meant no identity. No identity meant no sense of belonging which meant no status and automatically, No war… all amounted to the price of enslavement.
This according to some legend is why African tribes wear tribal marks.