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Thread: CHINESE Culture and Language Help

  1. #51
    AidaLuthien
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    Oh god, triple post of doom!

    I have a question for anyone who's got anything on Chinese history, particularly social history though.

    In general, have tattoos always been seen as a negative thing in dynastic China? I know that they used to have tattoo soldiers so that they couldn't desert the army and not be caught, and that tattooing was a punishment for criminals.

    I get the distinct feeling that the answer is yes, yes and yes, since there were non-Han Chinese groups in the South that utilized elaborate facial tattoos as part of their religion and they were considered uncivilized barbarians, etc, etc.

    I really want to give the police in wizarding China a fancy tattoo that marks them, I'm just not sure that it makes sense culturally or historically.

  2. #52
    Inverarity
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    Quote Originally Posted by AidaLuthien
    I really want to give the police in wizarding China a fancy tattoo that marks them, I'm just not sure that it makes sense culturally or historically.

    Put it this way: in 20th century Britain, British wizards didn't know better than to walk among Muggles wearing a woman's nightgown.

    Your Chinese wizards could wear tattoos and have no idea (or not care) what it looks like to Muggles. And a few negative encounters with wizards could partially explain why Chinese react so badly to tattoos.

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