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Portrait of a Somba / Betamaribé man. The men and women decorate their faces and bodies with thousands of linear scars. Photo taken in the Atakora region of Northern Benin.  www.boazimages.com

Portrait of a Somba / Betamaribé man. The men and women decorate their faces and bodies with thousands of linear scars. Photo taken in the Atakora region of Northern Benin. www.boazimages.com

Africa | Man with traditional facial scarification.  West Africa, ca 1941 | ©John Atherton

African tribal tattoos Techniques with symbols and portrait. Discover the African tribal tattoos Techniques with symbols and life oriented patterns of body art.

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Next level body decoration. This Jingili man has pronounced tribal chest and upper arm cicatrices, photographed at Powell Creek, NT, Photo credit: Spencer & Gillen

Chin Tribe. In a 200 year-old custom, the Chin ethnic minority group in Myanmar would give their daughters elaborate facial tattoos to ward off attacks from neighboring princes who would often try to kidnap girls to be concubines.

In a 200 year-old custom, the Chin ethnic minority group in Myanmar would give their daughters elaborate facial tattoos to ward off attacks from neighbouring princes who would often try to kidnap girls to be concubines.

Africa | Portrait of a man from the Congo with scars on his face. || Vintage print dated 1925.

Central Africa: portrait of a man from the Congo with scars on his face. “By these symbolic mounds and ridges, of which the owner is inordinately proud, can be determined his tribe, his rank, and the secret societies to which he belongs.

African Scarification | No further details provided at the source

African Scarification | No further details provided at the source

Markings Adopted by the Toposa Tribe of South Sudan / photo by Eric Lafforgue

A Bobo woman displays tribal scars on her face in Burkina Faso - © Charles & Josette Lenars.

scarification from a woman from the bobo tribe - skin transformation.

Africa | "Nigerian types (Northern) Hausa, Fulani, Tuareg" | Vintage print; LIFE Photo Archive

Africa | "Nigerian types (Northern) Hausa, Fulani, Tuareg" | Vintage print; LIFE Photo Archive

Hââbré is the same word for writing / scarification” in Kô language from Burkina Faso. Scarification is the practice of performing a superficial incision in the human skin.

Ivorian Photographer Joana Choumali Photo Series on Scarification (Tribal Marks) in West Africa - Hââbré

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