Tattoo marking is a common practice among the...Atayal. For women, having tattoo marks on one's face and body means three things: First, it is a symbol of reaching maturity. Second, it indicates that she is a person capable [of] weaving. And finally but not the least, when they pass away they can recognize the spirits of their ancestors in heaven through the design of the tattoo marks..." (Tung 1996, p. 152).
Saisiat woman of Taiwan. Similar facial tattoos to the Atayal's
Africa | Afar Girl with traditional scarification on the face, Danakil, Ethiopia
Inuit Facial Tattoo Tattooed Aivillik woman, Igluirmuit, Southampton Island, Hudson Bay
Girl of the Chindok tribe, Myanmar. The different tribes of the Chin Hills in north-western Myanmar use tattoo marks to distinguish one hill tribe from another. It is common for girls to have their faces tattooed from early childhood on.
Kalinga female from northern Luzon Island, Philippines, with traditional tattoos. photo circa 1910's
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Papua New Guinea Tattoo, Motuan Woman
Kutia Kondh woman with traditional piercings and facial tattoo. The Kondhs
India | Apatani woman with traditional nose plugs. Tribe located in Arunachal Pradesh, on the easternmost Himalayas. Arunachal Pradesh is one of the most sparsely populated states of India. It borders Tibet, China, Bhutan and Myanmar. Arunachal is home to more than 60 aboriginal tribal groups and sub-groups. | © Kieron Nelson