human branding

Modern strike branding, 2005. Dylan HaywardTo Brand a person means to burn a symbol into a living person's skin using a hot or cold iron, with the intention that the resulting scar makes the symbol permanent. It therefore uses the physical techniques of livestock branding on a human, either with consent as a form of body modification; or under coercion, as a punishment or imposing masterly rights over an enslaved, otherwise legally thereto condemned or other (even illegally) exploited and oppressed person.


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