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11 Remarkable Photos Of The Tattoo-Faced Women Of Burma's Chin State

A thousand year old tradition sees the women of Chin tribes tattoo their faces with intricate markings.

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4. Local understanding is that Chin State tribes began tattooing the faces of women as a way of disfiguring their beauty.

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The intended purpose being to stop rival tribes and other figures from kidnapping them.

5. Although there is also an old legend of a Burmese king who kidnapped a beautiful Chin girl and made her his wife.

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The girl escaped, and in an effort to not be caught again she disguised herself making incisions on her face with a knife.

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