Now that we’ve explored different forms of body modification including, tattooing, piercing, scarification and suspensions, the question remains; where is the line between modification and mutilation? There is no real ”answer” to this question, for everyone has a different interpretation.
First, one must consider the definition of mutilation:
verb (used with object), mu·ti·lat·ed, mu·ti·lat·ing.
to injure, disfigure, or make imperfect by removing or irreparably damaging parts.
By this definition, do tattoos and piercings fall under this category? What about a suspension? Its obvious pain is involved, but the piercings heal and no permanent damage is done to the body. Would you consider extreme body building modification or mutilation? How about tanning, Botox treatments, hair dye, breast implants and cosmetic surgery? All of these procedures alter the natural state of our body for cosmetic, rituallistic or spiritual purposes. Is one reason more justafiable than the other?