Chin Woman #1
One photo of a collection of portraits taken of Chin Women of the Rakhine State of Myanmar (Burma).
While visiting Myanmar I took a long boat ride up river into the jungle villages of the Chin people. The women of the Chin tribes are famous for their facial tattoos. While visiting the women I asked about the history and purpose of the tattoos. According to these woman, long ago a Chin god stole a beautiful princess from the people. Out of fear of this happening again the Chin people began tattooing their young daughters in effort to hide their beauty. In time this tradition began to pass, however during the Japanese occupation of Myanmar they adopted the practice again. Thankfully for the sake of young ladies this tradition is rarely practiced. The few woman in these photos are of one of the last generations to practice the tradition.
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