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MerMay day 16| Whang-Od

(Philippines)

Popularly known as the last true Kalinga tatooist. She’s such a bad ass cutie pie. She’s probably past 100 hundred now. She got her tattoos when she was 15 from her father, and chose to not marry after her lover died when she was 25. She seems to express a little sadness as she gives travellers tattoos, as tattoos used to be sacred to their tribe and only given to warriors who have displayed bravery/ killed people. But due to the need to earn money, times have changed.

The name of her tribe ‘Kalinga’ actually means enemy, which was given by the neighbouring tribes due to their ruthless head-hunting skills in the past. Just keep piling that bad ass-ery on.