Face Value

These marks on my face
Are testimonials of
The pains I’ve gone through


Pictured: An Apatani woman of Ziro valley, Arunachal Pradesh, India. These facial beard tattoos, big nose rings were meant to make them less attractive to invading Nishi and Tagin tribes from the surrounding hills.


10 thoughts on “Face Value

  1. I remember you telling me about these women, and how they were once tattooed by their own families to be found unattractive so they would be abducted. Your poem speaks of the choice this woman made to testify to hardship and violence. A great one unk πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks for your words. Thankfully those are things of the past. You’d only find older women sporting these tattoos. The current gen is no different than you and I.
      Also, I think I like my new name πŸ˜›

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      1. After our last conversation, I read an article about them, where it pointed out that some still continue to tattoo themselves for the sake of keeping their tribe’s values. Do you find this to be true?
        πŸ™‚ How would you like to be called instead?

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      2. I have heard of it too but I haven’t met one personally. It’s true that despite their violent origins, these tattoos and rings are very much a part of the Apatani culture and it’s not surprising if some of them wants to preserve it.
        Having said that, during my many trips to the Ziro valley I have only witnessed the ever increasing MTV generation with their smartphones and skinny jeans.

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      3. Not me! I’ll always be in my khakis or a pair of shorts.
        That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate it though πŸ˜‰

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      4. hahaha, for a moment I thought you were going to say : you had a period .. phew… glad we took care of that πŸ˜‰ lol

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