Croatian catholic people have been tattooed for centuries since Illyrian times, especially during Turkish occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina 1463/1878. The people tattoed their hands, fingers, chests, foreheads with crosses and other ancient ornaments in order to be able to recognise their children if they were taken by Turks and converted.
They tattoed or in croatian ” sicati” their children between 6-16 years of age with mother’s milk / of a mother who has a male child/, carchoal,grime, honey, needels and with other natural materials.
The ceremony of tattooing was done by catholic women on Catholic holidays Saint Joseph’s Day 19. March, Feast of the Annunciation on 25 March – simbolic 9 months to Christmas, and in some areas on Good Friday.
The majority of the tattooed Catholic Croatians live in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also in Croatia near Sibenik, and other parts of the world where Croats fled during the war.
Some of them are still living today and if you want to see recent
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