Tattoos are a bit taboo and have a bad reputation in many countries. Some see them as a sign of gang affiliations, and others associate it with criminal activities. But this corpse discovered during an excavation in Thailand has the most bizarre affiliation imaginable.
The tattoos found on this preserved corpse are believed to be a part of a black magic ritual.
The skin, found draped over the corpse's skeleton, has bamboo tattoos all over it. The reason behind the tattoos is believed to be a black magic spell that is supposed to make the skin impenetrable.
The researchers opine the tattoos were a part of a spell to keep the man's skin preserved, and features Sanskrit text and images of tigers in order to do so. But ironically, many people believe this black magic spell is what led to the man's untimely death.
The researchers believe the corpse is of a man who died of an appendicitis, and doctors couldn't perform the surgery because his skin was too hard. Whoa.
One researcher has a theory as to how this man died. "The skin was too hard to cut and he ended up dying in agonizing pain from the illness," said Goopaitongdaeng Jeemokkho Goopainueng Soonpaed. "The skin has a lot of tattoos and it hasn't gone rotten. The spell to protect him and make him strong prevented the operation and then after he died stopped his skin from rotting."
The actual scientific reason for the lack of rotting on the corpse is still unknown, but it has many superstitious people in Thailand raising their eyebrows at the case. It may reinvigorate the belief that black magic spells actually work.
No one knows for sure what happened with this skin, but one thing is undeniable — we should all get some black magic tattoos and test out this theory that it makes the skin impenetrable.
We could all be like Luke Cage, Hero for Hire.