Skip to comments.Tattoo Discovered on Ancient Egyptian Mummy
Posted on 03/24/2014 12:58:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
CT scans and the use of infra-red technology on the naturally mummified remains of a woman who lived in in a Christian community in the Sudan 1,300 years ago have revealed a tattoo on her inner thigh. The tattoo is a symbol of the Archangel Michael, assembled from ancient Greek letters. She is the first evidence of a tattoo from the period. This is a very rare find, Daniel Antoin, curator of physical anthropology at the British Museum, told The Telegraph. The womans remains are part of a special exhibition of eight mummies and what technology has revealed about their lives.
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Smart Aleck alert: It’s a tat of forerunners of the Crypts, bro.
A lot of people don’t realize that Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “To Helen” wasn’t about Helen of Troy, but rather about a woman he had dated, I think her last name was Back.
Wow, that’s some nice recursion! :’)
Henna nother thing...
Purely chronological, I was thinking “Thomas”.
Call A&E and get the guys from Bad Ink to clean it up
Ancient tramp stamp.
You’d kind of think the letters would relate to St. Peter, being they’re near heaven’s gate.
It’s a Greek symbol for the Archangel Michael, must have been a risky thing to wear in the open in the 7th c. :’)
Oh, duh, sorry. :’) I’d managed to push that old bat out of my mind.
A tattoo of Tattoo.
The first reference I came across stated that Helen was the mother of his boyhood chum.
While Poe was always a bit strange, having a crush on an older woman as a teenager isn't all that atypical, especially given Poe's chaotic upbringing.
Speaking of which, Bonnie Parker had her husband's first name, Roy, tattooed on her thigh.
I wonder what Clyde thought of it.?
To Hel en Back?
"I'd hit it!" ~Mike T.
< /Bubba off >
The first “Tramp Stamp” at the small of her back?
It said, in Roman, “my name is Cleopatra”
Interesting. I wouldn’t have thought tattoing was done in the Sudan - I would have thought scarification only would show.
Actually kind of repelled by most comments. She was Christian and it was a Christian symbol and I am a Christian.
maybe, but maybe not in a tramp-stamp way. St. Michael does a lot of things. He guards Eve's body, protects the Nile River, saves souls out from under Satan's nose. A knight in shining armour against evil and Satan. He's a healer, too, and so a protector of women.
Given the tatoo's location, which midwives would certainly observe on a regular basis, the tatoo could been a talisman of protection against death during childbirth, or maybe even a strong visual warning against sexual violation.
a tattoo on her inner thigh
Could be Willie Nelson.
Well, it is always on my mind.
"Hell and Thomas... Slowly I turned, step by step, inch by inch..."
I’m not sure about some of these comments either. My understanding was that tattooing was originally for healing, sometimes a simple cross tattooed with ink made from a particular wood’s ash and placed over an area experiencing pain, like on a shoulder or something. I was surprised a bit by this one though because the Christian faith I’m from doesn’t allow tattoos, or at least didn’t used to.
Is Sudan in Egypt again?
They share the Lake Nasser waters (such as they are) and perhaps electrical power from the dam, but I’m not sure about the latter; when the Aswan High Dam went into use, the dynamos provided a huge percentage of Egypt’s electricity, but thanks to dropping water level and (mostly) the massive change in population and per capita use, it’s down below 10% somewhere.
Branded her... for her belief..
The 7th century wasn't exactly great times to be a Christian..