"Parts of Japan gave criminals tattoos on their arms. Many are simple lines around the arm. On the bottom line, the third left, I can see the sign of “悪”, bad in Japanese. This was Kishu´s (紀州/now Mie and Wakayama prefecture) tattoo.
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The Viking Runes. The eldest runestones, inscribed with Norse runes, date from the century. These were the Elder Futhark runes. However, the most of the runestones were created during the late Viking Age and thus inscribed with theYounger Futhark runes.
Runes (Proto-Norse: ᚱᚢᚾᛟ (runo), Old Norse: rún) are the letters in a set of related alphabets known as runic alphabets, which were used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet and for specialised purposes thereafter.
spell-cast: “ Vegvisir ~ Old Viking compass for guidance. - Surrounding runes ~ “Not all who wonder are lost”. - Inguz in the middle ~ “Where there is a will there is a way”. - Two ravens: Huginn and Muginn ~ Symbol of wisdom. - Yggdrasil ~ “The tree.