03 Apr '11, 4am

YahooNews - Myanmar's tattooed women lure tourists: Ma Htwe recalled the day of agony she suffered, more than fi...

YahooNews - Myanmar's tattooed women lure tourists: Ma Htwe recalled the day of agony she suffered, more than fi...

Ma Htwe recalled the day of agony she suffered, more than five decades ago, when her face was etched with the intricate tattoo that still lines her papery skin like a spider's web. "When they tattooed my eyelids I thought that they would disappear," she said, chewing pensively on betel nut. "I wanted to run away." The 65-year-old was one of the last in her village to undergo the facial inking -- once a rite of passage for young ethnic minority Chin women in the remote northwest of military-dominated Myanmar . With the practice ceasing about two generations ago, Ma Htwe is among a smattering of women left alive who bear the tattoos. When they die, the ancient tradition will die with them. In the meantime, the vanishing custom has turned her sleepy village, nestled on the banks of the Lemro River just outside Chin state , into a tourist attraction. "These women are the last ...

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