Do you know that the initial purpose of Tribal Marks by Ghanaian tribes was for identifications during wars?
Some tribes in Ghana mark their children for identification. In the past, it was difficult differentiating between tribes during war due to the colour of our skin.
During wars, tribes are likely to clash with their own kinsmen because we found it difficult identifying ourselves. To solve this, some tribes decided to differentiate themselves from other tribes by marking their children and these kind of tribal marks can easily identify the tribe you’re coming.
Here are other reasons behind Ghanaian tribal marks:
One of the main reasons why some tribes engage in scarification is for decoration.
The tribal marks by Dagombas that look like tears right beneath the eyes (marked horizontally) are usually for aesthetic reasons.
Another reason why some tribes engage in tribal markings is for the sole purpose of spiritual protection.
Some tribes believe that, when a child is beautiful, the spirits from the underworld will like to have such a child and so will visit to take them away.
Such children die prematurely and so to prevent the spirits from coming for such children, they mark them to make them unappealing to the spirits from the underworld.
Sometimes, a person gets a near death experience and in order to save such a child, a herbalist may mark him or her and usually such markings are short ones on the right cheek and it is filled with medicine to save the child.
It also serves as a remembrance to the child about his or her near death experience.