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Tattoo Women

Kyee Chaung, Myanmar

The Chin tribe, which is settled near the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, includes women known for having custom tattoos on their faces. Girls usually get their faces tattooed from the age of eight or nine. It is believed that they are tattooed because in the 11th Century, a Burmese king kidnapped a Chin tribe girl as his bride, and in order to protect the daughters from such kidnappers, they began tattooing their faces.

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