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The Human Body as a Medium of Art

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Keywords: art, temporary, ephemeral, henna, body art

Ash Covered Face of a Fortune Teller
A Devotee of Lord Shiva
Traditional Indian Woman
"Sumangali" -- Portrait of a Traditional Indian Woman
A vermilion mark on the forehead is considered to bring good luck.

Painted Face of a Devotee
Pictures of the mysterious Yellamma cult
Roadside Tattoo Artist
Man Gets a Tattoo by Roadside
The Village of Chandanpur, 1976

Tattoos of a Tribal Woman
The Kajuraho Folk Festival, 1977

Fashionable Daughter of the Jungle
Notice the tattoos, pierced jewelry, and other decorations of this tribal woman photographed in the forests of Central India, 1977

The Henna Art of the Feet of a Bride
Weddings in India

Declaring Religious Allegiance
A Shaiva devotee with sacred ash on forehead

The Painted Hands of a Bride
Distinctive Head Markings
Horizontal and Vertical Markings
The distinctive head markings (namas) identify the sects of Hinduism. Shaivites paint bands across their foreheads (left). Vaishnavites, adherents of Vishnu, wear three vertical lines (right).


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