Exploring History
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Exploring History

Acat: The Mayan God Of Tattooing And Scarification

Pain and sacrifice for a brutal pantheon

Tattooing has been many things to many peoples, and there’s evidence of tattooing from more than 5,000 years ago in Europe, but even this is likely to be an huge underestimation. Today people get tattoos mostly for aesthetic reasons, but for the Mayans, it was all about blood, sacrifice and power.

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