Christiana Oware Knudsen

The Patterned Skin

Ethnic Scarification in developing Ghana

Ethnic scarification has always played an important cultural role in the distinction between many ethnic groups of the African continent. But what is the significance and the meaning of the numerous different marks? Do they merely serve as identification marks or do they serve other purposes as well? These are some of the questions covered by this comprehensively illustrated book.

Although written in the context of anthropological research the book may be useful for anybody interested in the ethnic complexity of Ghana as a handbook of scarification marks it will be a practical tool for both scholars and lay persons, such as travellers visiting Ghana or Ghanaians studying part of the cultural heritage of their post-colonial nation.

The book contains more than 250 indexed b/w illustrations with the ethnic markings of all cultural groups in Ghana.