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Lament from tribal marks

Before the mouth produces a sound
Before the tongue would even be heard
I provided details of such nativity…
To tradition; I was its nitty gritty,

Finding my way down torn mortal flesh
Significantly more than scars can fetch
I had varying lines on the leather trace
Birthed from the blades of tribes and race.

I dignified pride, I was the mark of heritage
A healer older than the rock of age
I saved millions of lives from a bloodbath
Although I was also a victim of my own fate

I provided a tribal identification
Until my hosts felt I was an ugly vulture
A cock and bull hovering a cultural based
Disfiguring a supposed beautiful face…

As the night makes way for a new day
My existence gradually fades away
From bodies I gave the warmest embrace
Distinguishing them from another tribe and race.

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Onyeche Vincent Onyekachukwu


  1. Susi Bocks says:

    But is it right?

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    • Vinx says:

      It is a school of thought.
      Tribal Marks from my knowledge has two major significance.

      1. For identity
      2. From treatment of some diseases (local immunization).

      Although it became bastardized.

      Just to digress a little
      The old way of doing things might be awkward or evil but they have a lot of benefits. These still goes down to conversation of natural resources. Like in those days (in African countries) they had evil forests where no one aside the chief priest was to hunt in. They had rules that forbids people from killing young animals… but the call for liberty and civilisation as well as religion has made man to loss certain aspect of tradition that fortified humanity.


  2. asmi_bharati says:

    Oh.. the pic of the child have me goosebumps.. does this really happen somewhere on earth.. isn’t it cruel ??

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    • Vinx says:

      Does it happen? – yes
      The rate it happens is really declining though.

      There are some tribal Mark that disfigure the face of it’s own, and it raises that question, is it good or a taboo?

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  3. I have all the respect in the world for different cultures, but this made me sad!šŸ˜“

    Liked by 2 people

  4. uaĆ­ma says:

    “I provided a tribal identification…”, here is a verse in capital trance.
    Thank you for visiting UAƍMA.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Kelly Curtis says:

    Very informative, thank you! Take care and thank you for following.



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