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Tattooed Face Chin Woman

This old woman is covering their entire face. This tradition started for generations ago when several tribes in the Chin province of Myanmar began to tattoo the face of each and every single young woman. They are tattooed on their faces in the eight or nine years. They have good reason behind this. Like in many other feudal countries in Asia, it used to be the case for the Chin people that the royal could marry whoever they wanted and whenever they wanted. Even when, there might not be any willingness involved. As obliviously, a neighboring prince could eventually just show up and take his next wife on a whim without any notice from neither the girl nor the girl’s families in advance. For the Chin people, this would equally mean having their hearts broken repeatedly as their daughters were stolen away by strange marauders. Nobody would be able to successfully fight against this injustice. Everybody in the tribe could imagine they would be crushed and tortured in front of the mighty power of the royal. Nowadays, the practice of facial tattoo is no longer permitted by the Burmese authorities nor it is favored by the younger generation hence this part of the Chin culture, sadly, will soon be gone.

TAGS: Culture, Myanmar

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Kamayut Township 11041, Yangon, Myanmar
Member since 2017
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© Win Tun Aung.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 01.2019
Filed Under: People
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 22, 2019, 2:43 a.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Focal Length: 191mm
Shutter Speed: 1/90
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: ISO100
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PHOTO LOCATION Rakhine State, Myanmar