June 26th, 2007


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Discussion (13)¬

  1. RowanYote says:

    I am still wondering what skin painting is. Fur dying? Tattooing?

  2. Magpie says:

    I always assumed tattooing, but it could be something like henna or temporary painting before a big hunt, like they did before battle in Braveheart.

  3. Snuffle says:

    Yeah, looking at Grim Eyes the first time you see her with funky designs around her eyes, and then later on without, I figured it was hunt-paint or something like that. Painting or temporarily dyeing the fur before hunting, and maybe before wars, festivals and suchlike.

  4. Lica says:

    Me too, I always assumed it was tattooing. But now that you mention it, maybe it was temporary painting for hunt and the like.

    Little Digger painting on the wall is adorable.

  5. Werrf says:

    It wouldn’t make much sense, though, for warriors to come long ways, long and long, for temporary hunt-paint. Tattooing would make more sense, especially considering hyenas don’t have that much exposed skin.

  6. Dybael says:

    Maybe ‘skin-painting’ is an inclusive term that covers both tattooing and temporary paint.

  7. BunnyRock says:

    It’s interesting he also has knowledge of Medicinal herbs, given that in some cultures tattooing/ painting on the skin and healing are linked. For example the oldest know tattoos in Europe, preserved on Outzi the ice mummy, run parallel to his spine, were the cat scans of his body revel he would have had arthritic pain. the general theory was the tattoo was a guide for healers, or that the act of tattooing acted like acupuncture and was meant to draw the pain out.

    If Ed’s skin painting was reputed to have a healing or ritual power, then there is no reason to suspect people wouldn’t come a long way just for a temporary skin-painting.

  8. jaynee says:

    BunnyRock, yet again you provide a little gem of knowledge in an otherwise bleak day. Thanks. Looking at Ursula’s drawing of Ed’s drawing of Digger is a nice recusion, isn’t it?

  9. Trogdog says:

    lol. The tattooing vs. warrior paint question is answered on down the line, though personally, I thought it would be hair dyeing, seeing as how neither paint or tattoos would work vary well with fur.

  10. Tindi says:

    “They kinda tried to eat me” is so very Digger. xD

  11. JET73L says:

    Although I agree with BunnyRock’s point, there is aso the fact that any good skin artist (for tattoos, and not only paint) would need to either know basic medicine or work inefficiently closely with someone who does, to prevent bad reactions to dyes, unintentional scarring from infection, and (where pain is not part of the ritual) pain.

  12. Allie Lewis says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s been said that skin-painting is tattooing. It’s mentioned later that Ed has a “secret painting” under his skin.

  13. Alioth says:

    JET73L, it’s mentioned later that Ed and Owl Caller were close, so that makes some sense.

    I just love Ed’s funky redoubling-for-emphasis syntax. “Is good, good to see mousie”… “long time, long and long”. It feels naturalistic in a way that Yoda (to pick a character with offbeat syntax totally at random) often doesn’t.