Ainu woman with bear cub. The Ainu revere bears, believing their gods can incarnate as bears to watch over them. In early December, a bear cub would be raised among them, fed and loved. Then it would be sacrificed, using special arrows, so that its soul could return to the gods in the heavens with their prayers.

A captive bear drinking from a large sake bottle held by an Ainu tribeswoman, ca. 1955 by Evans/Three Lions

According to the mythology of the Ainu people, tattooing was brought to earth by Okikurumi Turesh Machi, the ancestral mother of the Ainu and sister of the creator god Okikurumi. Ainu girls were given lip tattoos as they grew older, customarily by grandmothers or maternal aunts. Completed lip tattoos served to repel evil spirits from the body, indicate that the woman was ready for marriage, and assure her place among her ancestors in the afterlife.

According to the mythology of the Ainu people, tattooing was brought to earth by Okikurumi Turesh Machi, the ancestral mother of the Ainu and sister of the creator god Okikurumi. Ainu girls were given.

Portrait of two Ainu men from the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan, ca. 1900 ~Via Madoka W-D-B

Portrait of two Ainu men from the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan. About 1900

The Ainu The Ainu are an indigenous people of northern Japan. The remaining descendants live mainly in Hokkaido Sakhalin, the Kurile Islands, and the northeastern part of Honshu Island.Ainu means "Human"

Young Ainu girl( japan) Ainu women tattooed their mouths, and sometimes the forearms. The mouth tattoos were started at a young age with a small spot on the upper lip, gradually increasing with size.

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一番の日本人!【Ainu Tribe: Japanese Race】Patterns of The Ainu Tribe: Japanese Race

Kaparamip robe. Ainu, Hokkaido. Late 19th  century. Cotton; applique, embroidery.

Kaparamip robe (Ainu) links to Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture.

一番の日本人!【Ainu Tribe: Japanese Race】Ainu couple. The Ainu language. For more information, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainu_language

Restore rights of Ainu indigenous people, urges Japanese pastor - Journey

Ainu people - indigenous people of Hokkaido (northern island of Japan)

My second drawing in the body modification research project. She is, as the image says, from an old Japanese culture called the Ainu. C: Body Mod Project 2 - Ainu

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