ANST - woad & tattoo ...

j'lynn yeates jyeates at
Wed Jul 1 08:49:59 PDT 1998

On 1 Jul 98, at 1:19, jhartel wrote:

> 25.Woad yields blues.  Native to Europe, western Asia and North Africa.
> Celtic tribes used woad as a skin dye. The name "Britain" is said to
> derive from the Celtic word "brith", which means paint.  It is said that
> Glastonbury recied it's name from "glastum", meaning blue. 

have heard discussion that woad wasn't used to paint the skin ... but as a 
tattoo ink (looks the same from a distance, and to cultures that had no 
tradition of such body adornment, whould have been described as "paint").  
any references?.  


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