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The tattooed women of Burma: Extraordinary photographs show elaborate facial inkings of the tribe whose traditions are dying out

Meet the last tattooed women of Burma

The women of the Chin, Muun and Magan tribes of north-west Burma have elaborate tattoos that cover their faces. But the tradition is at risk after being banned by the country's military junta.

Delicate: Women of the Chin tribe have smaller and more delicate tattoos that only cover part of the face

Meet the last tattooed women of Burma

Tribal Chin Woman From Muun Tribe With Tattoo On The Face, Mindat, Myanmar

Variation: These women, both from the Chin tribe, have less prominent tattoos than those f...

Meet the last tattooed women of Burma

Tribal Chin Woman From Muun Tribe With Tattoo On The Face, Mindat, Myanmar

Variation: These women, both from the Chin tribe, have less prominent tattoos than those from the Muun and Magan peoples

Meet the last tattooed women of Burma

Variation: This women, both from the Chin tribe, have less prominent tattoos than those from the Muun and Magan peoples.

All black: Pa Late, who says her tattoos took three days to complete, says an all-black fa...

Meet the last tattooed women of Burma

All black: Pa Late, who says her tattoos took three days to complete, says an all-black face was once thought to be the most attractive.

Burmese tribal beaded earrings and facial tattoos

Meet the last tattooed women of Burma

North Western Burmese Tribes woman - Isolated: The tribes live far from the Burmese capital Naypyidaw in a mountainous area that was cut off until two years ago

Fines: The military junta has done its best to eradicate the tattoo tradition and levies a hefty fine of half a cow on anyone who gets one

Meet the last tattooed women of Burma

Tribal Chin Woman From Muun Tribe With Tattoo On The Face With Her Daughter, Mindat, Myanmar

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Traditional lives: All three tribes live in remote mountain villages and, as a result, are still adept at handicrafts and believe in shamans.

Delicate: Women of the Chin tribe have smaller and more delicate tattoos that only cover part of the face

Meet the last tattooed women of Burma

Delicate: Women of the Chin tribe have smaller and more delicate tattoos that only cover part of the face

Housework: Women do all the cooking and housework. The tribes say it brings bad luck if men cook

Meet the last tattooed women of Burma

Housework: Women do all the cooking and housework. The tribes say it brings bad luck if men cook

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