Tattooing, piercing, and scarification have been used for centuries by communities for many reasons. Sacred Skin is a series of documentaries. Director Maellyn Macintosh will travel to find the last communities who still use body modification as part of their culture, to document the fascinating stories behind these practices before they die out.
This episode sees her return to India to spend time with the tribes who tattoo for healing, based on an ancient form of Ayurveda. She will also spend time with the fully tattooed Ramnami community whose tattoos represent their God, Ram, and travel further afield to meet other tribes whose piercings and tattoos are an essential way of life.