It's a big component of pop culture and also famous opinion that Celts (especially the Picts) painted themselves blue utilizing a dye from the plant isatis tinctoria (woad).

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However, i check out that there is a lot of problems via this, especially the method Julius Caesar defined what the British Celts used to paint themselves:

All the British shade themselves via glass, which produces a blue color.

"Vitro" equates to a type of blue-green glass that was renowned among the Romans, it does not translate to woad.

I discover that stvariety. Is this essay credible, or is tbelow more to it? I discover it weird why world are saying over this. I suppose they're called Picts (painted or tattooed people).


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Victoria Finlay's fascinating Natural History of the Palette looks into this matter. Pliny created that Britons supplied "glaustum" to stain themselves blue (322), yet no one knows if this means woad or somepoint else. Woad seed pods dating ago 2000 years ago have actually been discovered in Britain. To deal with the woad so it wouldn't wash ameans via the first perspiration would certainly present a great challenge; however, an advantage of woad in battle is that it serves as an astringent (323). Santa Barbara tattoo artist Pat Fish experimented through tattooing in woad, yet the dye wouldn't take (323-4).


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I've also review that book, it's really really great.

This came up in the Pict threview yesterday, but oh god never ever before ever try to use Woad for a tattooing agent. It reasons horrendous scars that don't appropriately heal, and also the indigo-coloured woad has ammonia in it.

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Would it have been probable to mix the dye via, say, thickened lard and also apply it heavily--not actually dye their skin, yet apply what was effectively intimidation paint? That'd store it on brightly (look at, say, cakes) and perspiration-safe, yes?


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Oh give thanks to you. So they probably didn't tatalso themselves, but then did they simply smear the paint on their bodies in patterns?


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