Black History: The Markings On Black Panther’s Killmonger Are Called Scarification

Black Panther villain Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) Marvel

In the movie Black Panther, Erik Killmonger’s body is covered in dozens of carefully carved cuts that tally the number of people that he’s murdered.  In real life, the scars that decorate the bodies of Ethiopia’s Bodi, Mursi and Surma tribes are an elaborate part of local culture and signify everything from beauty to adulthood or simply belonging.

Surma girls choose to go through the process voluntarily and must not show pain during the 10-minute ritual.

Surma woman shows off her intricate markings Eric Lafforgue

The patterns are created using thorns and a razor.

Scarification ritual Eric Lafforgue



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