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omo walley, ethiopia, august 16, 2011 - adolescent ethnicity posing dassanech, the dassanech decorate their faces with colored dots. Stock Photo - 10434160

omo walley, ethiopia, august 16, 2011 - adolescent ethnicity posing dassanech, the dassanech decorate their faces with colored dots. Stock Photo - 10434160

An old woman from the Chin ethnic minority group in Myanmar, which borders India and Thailand, shows off the tattoos she was given as a young girl to ward off attacks - particularly by neighboring princes, who would kidnap girls to be concubines.      She was one of the last to get the markings, in a 200-year-old custom which has now died out.

An old woman from the Chin ethnic minority group in Myanmar, which borders India and Thailand, shows off the tattoos she was given as a young girl to ward off attacks - particularly by neighboring princes, who would kidnap girls to be concubines. She was one of the last to get the markings, in a 200-year-old custom which has now died out.

Myanmar/Burma | Portrait of a Chin lady with traditional tattoos, smoking a pipe | ©www.allmyanmar.com

Myanmar/Burma | Portrait of a Chin lady with traditional tattoos, smoking a pipe | ©www.allmyanmar.com

Northeast India | Apatani priest. Apatani plateau Ziro, in the lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. Most Apatani are loyal followers of the Donyi-Polo faith. | © Monique Vos

Northeast India | Apatani priest. Apatani plateau Ziro, in the lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. Most Apatani are loyal followers of the Donyi-Polo faith. | © Monique Vos