Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: dangers of scarification

  • Scarification: Harmful cultural practice or vehicle to higher being?

    Kenneth Felsenstein Bethesda, Maryland, United States Scarification is the act of “covering, disguising and transforming the body”1 by creating wounds in one’s own flesh in order to cause indelible markings. It is perhaps one of the most misunderstood body modification procedures done today, largely perceived in Western society as a tabooed and harmful cultural practice.2 Superficially…