Olive Oatman was "the first white tattooed woman in the history of the United States..." ~ Olive Oatman was 13 when she travelled from Illinois to California with her Mormon family. On the journey, the family were ambushed by a Native American tribe, who killed all but Olive, her Sister (who lated died of starvation) and her Brother (who escaped). After being sold to another tribe, as a slave, she was tattooed (tattoo) and taken in as "one of their own". She was 'rescued' 5 years later.
"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes don't see as well and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. "But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand" The Velveteen Rabbit
The truly inspiring story of Lou Xiaoying, age 88, a Chinese rubbish collector who saved and raised THIRTY babies abandoned at the roadside. ~ SHE embodies all that is truly good in this world! Kudos to this exceptional altruist! :)
These handprints represent women who comitted Sati (alternatively, suttee), “a funeral practice among some Hindu communities in which a recently-widowed woman would either voluntarily or by use of force and coercion immolate herself on her husband’s funeral pyre.”