Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The Dwindling Facial Tattoo Tradition Of Myanmar's Lai Tu Chin Tribe

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Myanmar's Lai Tu Chin Tribe has a tradition of facial tattooing for women. When the military gained control of Myanmar, also known as Burma, in the 1960s, they banned this tradition.

The exact origin and meaning of the tradition is unknown, but the tattoos are considered coming-of-age symbols and marks of beauty. While the practice continued to a much lesser extent after it was outlawed, young Chin women today no longer receive the tattoos. The women who carry them now are likely the last of their kind.

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