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***FREELANCE PHOTO - POSTMEDIA NETWORK USE ONLY*** A woman with a facial tattoo poses for a photo in Myanmar's Chin State. Historically the Chin were adored for their beauty and King's would come to villages to steal men's wives. As a measure against their women being stolen, village elders started tattooing teenage girls to make them 'ugly'. The tradition stuck and over generations eventually lost it's original meaning of ugliness and came to represent courage, beauty and strength. However, as these traditional groups began moving outside their villages, the struggle between tradition and modernity has placed tribal Chin culture under increasing threat of being absorbed by the dominant Burmese. Unique language, customs and dress have been abandoned. Under this pressure to assimilate, the practice of facial tattooing has also been discontinued. Currently there remain only a handful of women adorning facial tattoos.
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*** ONE TIME USE ONLY IN NATION AL POST PRINT AND ONLINE — NO POSTMEDIA USE *** CONTACT PHOTO DEPARTMENT BEFORE ANY USE *****

***FREELANCE PHOTO — POSTMEDIA NETWORK USE ONLY*** A woman with a facial tattoo poses for a photo in Myanmar’s Chin State. Historically the Chin were adored for their beauty and King’s would come to villages to steal men’s wives. As a measure against their women being stolen, village elders started tattooing teenage girls to make them ‘ugly’. The tradition stuck and over generations eventually lost it’s original meaning of ugliness and came to represent courage, beauty and strength. However, as these traditional groups began moving outside their villages, the struggle between tradition and modernity has placed tribal Chin culture under increasing threat of being absorbed by the dominant Burmese. Unique language, customs and dress have been abandoned. Under this pressure to assimilate, the practice of facial tattooing has also been discontinued. Currently there remain only a handful of women adorning facial tattoos.
add photo credit (Brent Lewin for National Post) **** ONE TIME USE ONLY IN NATION AL POST PRINT AND ONLINE — NO POSTMEDIA USE *** CONTACT PHOTO DEPARTMENT BEFORE ANY USE *****


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