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MerMay day 22| By the Nose of my Chimney Chin Chin

(Myanmar)

The women of the Chin tribe of Myanmar used to practice facial tattooing as a gateway token to heaven when they reach the afterlife. Legend also suggests that this practice came from disguising a girl’s beauty from potential kidnappers, but years later it became a symbol of beauty, and the more tattoos you have the more beautiful you are. Unfortunately, it’s a fading culture as the government has banned it.

The nose flute is also a fading culture, but for reasons of the younger generation having no interest in picking it up, rather than government intervention.