Scorpions have long been regarded as a force to be reckoned with; this may be why there are a variety of scorpion tribal tattoos. The scorpion's role in legends ranges from being a creature of evil to a healing protector. With such a wide range of significance and meaning, scorpion tribal tattoos may be the right symbol for your next tattoo.
The most widely held perception of the scorpion is that of a wicked and deadly creature. The scorpion is feared and respected by most other creatures because of the belief that the stinger in its tail is a deadly weapon. The sting of a scorpion is poisonous and can take the life of the small, weak, or elderly.
Legends surrounding Gods and Goddesses also include scorpions. Isis had giant scorpions as body guards, and the Greek hero Orion became a constellation to escape the sting of a scorpion.
Scorpions as Healers
In Egypt, expectant mothers would pray to the scorpion goddess Serqet to ease the pain of childbirth. Oil from scorpion venom has been used in medicines, and as a medical symbol in the Mayan culture. Not only does the scorpion have the power to poison, but also to heal.
The mighty scorpion appears in many religious stories. In Buddhist mythology, a king believed that dreaming of giant scorpions was a message from beyond that he should quit persecuting monks. Scorpion prints and charms are still seen in Tibet today. Scorpions are also found in temples as protectors of Dharma.
In the Christian faith, it is said that the Israelites trampled scorpions as a metaphor for scaring away the devil.
Borneo Scorpion Tribal Tattoo
One of the most beautiful tribal tattoos is the Borneo Scorpion. This tattoo was a design used by the Iban people of Borneo. The symbol of the scorpion was known also as kala. This tribal tattoo is an abstract representation of the scorpion. It is believed that the Iban people borrowed some of their designs from other tribes and created their own interpretations.
Getting a scorpion tattoo is often a choice for people born under the astrological sign of Scorpio. Those sexy souls born between October 24th and November 22nd are known for being passionate about life. They are fierce enemies and powerful healers just like the animal that symbolizes their place on the zodiac. Scorpios may do well to get a tribal tattoo that pays homage to their astrological sign.
Placement of Scorpion Tattoos
Scorpion tattoos are usually long in shape. This makes the narrower, longer parts of the body an ideal spot to have them inked. Arms, legs, and even feet (if you dare) are all places to consider putting your tribal tattoo. Consider the size and symmetry of the tattoo when deciding where to place it on your body. Your tattoo artist will be able to make useful suggestions.