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Essay heading: A History of Human Art and Body Painting
 
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Tattooing virtually disappeared in Polynesia, partly due to Western influence, but it is now being revived as an assertion of ethnic identity. Western body art, including everything from piercing to shoe styles, also indicates a person's social identity. In a complex and diverse society, when certain types of body art are shunned by some, they can become signs of rebellion for others...
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Western body art, including everything from piercing to shoe styles, also indicates a person's social identity. In a complex and diverse society, when certain types of body art are shunned by some, they can become signs of rebellion for others. But as unfashionable body art practices become the norm, they lose their power to define group membership and instead express individual choices and life experiences...
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