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Traditional Croatian Catholic tattoo stories Pavka Bralj born 15.04.1928. in village Buč, Rastičevo- Kupres “Anđa Patrun tattooed me when I was around 10 years old. The older ones told us how to tattoo. Three or four of us gathered on Good Friday and we tattooed. When the petroleum lamp burns, you take the soot and collect it into a cup. You take the milk from a woman who has a male child and mix it with the soot. They took a chicken feather, mixed it and drew a cross or a name, and then we would tattoo to each other. You stretch the skin until the blood starts to run and when your hand becomes numb, it does not hurt anymore. Then they would take blue paper, prick it with the needle and put on the hand to stay for 24 hours. I have a cross tattoo and a bracelet tattoo.” When I asked her why did she want to be tattooed, Pavka answered: “ People were saying that the ones who had a cross cannot covert to Islam. Our women also had crosses on their foreheads and chests. My brother forced me to wipe it off, but this can never be wiped off. None in my family had a tattoo. Nobody forced me to tattoo myself. I wanted it.” Smiljka Ćaleta, born Pašalić, 24.04.1934 in Kupres “I was 8 years old in 1942, when the refugees from Rastičevo came to our house. One girl told to me: “Smilja, let me tattoo you.” It was war time and people tattooed whenever they wanted. She mixed the soot and the ink, all black, took the smallest needles, stretched the skin on my arm and tattooed. Until the blood ran, she did not let it. When I asked her why did she want to be tattooed, Smiljka answered: ” So that everybody know that I am Croatian.” Smiljka did not tattoo her daughters and her mother did not have a tattoo. “ I am the only one in my family”, says Smiljka. She also mentioned the story when one communist came to her once and said that his mother would be very happy to see somebody still wearing it. Tattoos in these areas were always signs of faith and belonging to Croatian people, what was not favorable to show during communist era. Gospova Dumančić (born Kuna) 1929. in village Osmanlije, Kupres Gospova was tattooed when she was only 7 years old: „ I was about 7 years old when the women gathered and tattooed, and I was so pushy to be tattooed as well. It was Good Friday. Jesus suffered and was in pain, and that’s why we wanted to be tattooed. I was the youngest one there. They tattooed me with the needle on the stretched arm skin, then they put the soot, blue paper…It healed quickly.” Different motives were tattooed, but mainly crosses and name initials. The Turks used to kidnap Christian children into slavery, so probably this custom of tattooing name initials dates from that time, so that they could be recognized latter: “ Older girls also tattooed their names, two letters, bracelet ornaments, but some tattooed crosses on their chests. My mother also had a tattoo in a form of a bracelet. Gospova hid her cross tattoo when she was captured by the Serbs during the last war 1992/1995, because it was a clear mark that you are Catholic and Croat. “ When I was in Knin in custody during this war, I was hiding my cross because I did not want the Serbs to see it, but the Serbs asked me: “What is it ?“ When I was a refugee in Dalmatia they did not ask me anything. I think the older Dalmatian women had the same tattoos.” It is true that the custom of tattooing was practiced in Dalmatia, and it was brought from Croats from Bosnia and Herzegovina who escaped to Dalmatia during Turkish occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croatian ethnologist Jadran Kale wrote: “ In summer 1998 I visited 17 villages and village parts and met the last tattooed women in Croatia, while I was preparing an exhibition about local clothes and body ornaments. Tattooing died out after World War II, and knowing that only girls did it in their communities, it’s was understood that there were not more than fifty of them there…That was “sicanje” (tattooing) which was practiced among girls in villages between Sinj and Šibenik (Croatia)…“ Croats in Bosnia and