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  • Jenny Bronsted

    Old Photos of Ainu People

  • Pamela Campbell

    Ainu people arrived in Japan 14000 years ago. Historically, they spoke the Ainu language and lived in Hokkaidō, the Kuril Islands, and much of Sakhalin. The women of Ainu tattooed their mouths at age 17-18. For men large beards and mustaches were considered a sign of beauty.

  • Samantha Irwin

    Ainu women from Hokkaido, Japan with a traditional facial tattoo, these tattoos were exclusively done on females by older female...

  • Renita Kavallieros

    ethnic tribal woman's tattoo

  • Beebs Bance

    An Ainu woman from northern Japan with tattooed lips. The upper lip is slashed during childhood and ashes are rubbed in to leave a scar circa 1960.

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An Ainu woman from northern Japan with tattooed lips. The upper lip is slashed during childhood and ashes are rubbed in to leave a scar. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images). Circa 1960

Ainu woman with traditional lip tattoo.

Dayak tribesman from Borneo island participate in a protest by members of indeginous tribe in Jakarta 1/11 The group denounces University of Indonesian sociologist for allegedly offending the Dayak tribe in a remark regarding sexual practices made while he was a witness in a pornography case trial of an Indonesian rock star. The sociologist research on several Indonesian tribes and Dayak people stating that sex without marriage is acceptable has caused negative perception of the Dayak people.

Ainu, probably early 20th century, Hokkaido, Japan. The area around the lips are often tattooed.

Mursi Woman, Ethiopia. I have to wonder, how does one even talk when they have to wear that disc in their mouth?

Ethopia - Mursi Aesthetics II by david schweitzer, via Flickr. This is the only tribe in Africa that wears these lip plates.

Ainu, indigenous girl with traditional lip tatoo

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Love this - have been reading Lisa See's books - love ancient Asian culture but what a hard/restrictive life girls/women had! Can you imagine having your feet bound?

AN AINU PATRIARCH of OLD JAPAN. From a ca.1920 collotype photograph published in Japan. Photographer unknown.