The Tattooed Faces

In the deep northwest of Burma, the women from 65 to 75 years old of the ethnic minority of Chin still testify of the traditional rite of passage.

At the age of 8, the girls Were tattooed everywhere on the face, A still visible painful tradition in the villages of the river bank Lemro. The rite was officially forbidden in 1960 by the Socialist Party at this time. According to the legend, these singular tattoos would have appeared « to make ugly » the women Chin and protect them from the greed of Burmese kings.

© Jonathan Fontaine