THE CHIN


The Chin, or Zomi, are a Tibeto - Burmese people who inhabit the great mountain chain running up western Burma into Mizoram in north-east India. In previous centuries, the difficult terrain meant that there was a little communication between villages.
More than forty sub-groups, many distinguished by their unique facial tattoos and costumes, have been identified among the 1.5 million Chins in Burma. According to folklore, the custom of tattooing originated almost a thousand years ago, after Burmese men found the Chin women so attractive that they would capture them in slave raids. In their fear, the women began to tattoo their faces – both to make themselves look unattractive, and to ensure that Chin men would be able to identify them if they were carried off.

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10 comments:

Elettra said...

Very interesting, I did not know this story

Jarmara Falconer said...

What a wonderful and interesting blog you have, Ma Thet Zin. Thank you for sharing it with us. Thak you for joining my blog too. I hope you find something of interest on my blog too.

Isha Shiri said...

Hello!

I'm happy you follow my blog. Thanks.

Thailand looks wonderful and beautiful landscapes and a people with a rich culture. Congratulations.

I wish you peace.

Isha Shiri said...

I'm sorry, Myammar sure, not Thailand.

CailinMarie said...

What an interesting blog this is. I admit I had to google Myanmar. The photos to the right are beautiful. This story about the Chin and the tattoos- they have been tattooing themselves for thousand years at least? to avoid beng made to slaves? and I guess it is working? So intriguing!
Thank you for stopping by my blog.
CailinMarie

Albert Lázaro-Tinaut said...

You have a very very good blog, with nice photos of a country not very known. Congratulations!
Best regards from Barcelona (Spain).

Ed's Gallery said...

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ruma2008 said...

All is lovely, and heartwarming decoration.
Your work enlightens me very much...

Thank you for visiting my blog.

From the Far East.
Best regards.
ruma

Gallery Juana said...

truly a work of art.

J Bar said...

Amazing.
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