Scottish Tattoos Brookings SD
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Scottish Tattoo Designs - Scotland has a long history of tattooing and body adornment. Pride and passion may explain it. Scots came by it the hard way, suffering through endless sagas of persecution and struggle, of nationalism and of victory in the face of adversity. Little wonder that Scots have earned the reputation of being rugged fighters, poets, lovers, and loyal clansmen. Few countries possess such a potent arsenal of symbols that speak so strongly of their proud character.
The flag of Scotland, for instance, called the Saltire - also known as the Saint Andrew's Cross - is the oldest continuously used sovereign flag in the world. Another symbol, the thistle , with its prickly stem crowned with a majestic purple flower, is featured in many clan crests. It's also a common cleek mark adopted by many Scottish golf club makers. As a symbol of toughness and national pride, the thistle serves many Scottish teams as their logo.
Whisky, kilts, and sporrans - unmistakably Scottish. The Celtic knot , bagpipes, tartans, Sean Connery, Robbie Burns, the 'Old Course' at St. Andrew's, and the enigmatic Standing Stones - they conjure up one country only - bonnie Scotland. And we haven't even mentioned the early heroes - William Wallace, Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce - or the Picts.
The Picts are only one branch of the Scottish family tree, but any discussion of Scottish symbols and tattoos must necessarily begin with them. Their bodies, head to toe, were covered with painted images. Okay, hard evidence is scant, but that which exists - much of from the accounts of Roman invaders - has 'depicted' the Picts as covered in 'pictures of animals and other figures'. That's right, the word 'picture' comes to us from the Latin root 'pict'.
Examples of the kinds of tattoo images the Picts may have applied as body art can be seen throughout Scotland in stone carvings known as 'standing stones'. Animals (including the mythic the Loch Ness monster), plus abstract designs and Christian crosses - did these symbols indicate rank or caste? Or were they symbolic of religious devotion, an appeal for fertility, or simply for decoration? We'll never know.
The Romans encountered these painted people in the northern reaches of their conquered British territory, and found them exceedingly fierce. 'Foul hordes�like dark throngs of worms who wriggle out of narrow fissures in the rock when the sun is high and the weather grows warm," that's how a fifth century monk described them. The Roman emperor Hadrian followed the expedient path of building a stone wall across the country to keep the Picts from encroaching southwards. In effect, he ceded northern Britain to these ferocious tattooed tribes.
A few centuries later, the Picts stood up to imperialistic Angles who attempted to press northward. The Picts stopped their campaign in Northumbria, and by this historic victory the border of Scotland was more or less permanently es...