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LOOK: The Last Tattooed Women of the Tharu Tribe

Tattooing is very common with certain communities all over the world. This is their way of using their body as an art canvas to show their status, ideology, or memorable moments.

Journalist Documented The Last Tattooed Women

Tharu tribe

In Chitwan, Nepal–the Tharu tribe exists. Journalist Omar Reda documented the stories why women of Tharu chose to ink themselves.

Story #1

Journalist Documented The Last Tattooed Women

Warning! This might trigger some nerve.

According to the remaining women of the community, during the era of the Kingdom of Nepal, royal families used to spend their summer vacation in the Chitwan communities. Shockingly, they used to take beautiful girls of the tribe to be sex slaves.

To stop these abductions, the group of elderly found a solution. The tattoo trend has started and the girls got inked in order to deform themselves. Since then, they will look ugly for the royal men.

Story #2

Journalist Documented The Last Tattooed Women

Being a tradition, tattooing is mandatory for girls during the teenage phase, or else she will be estranged from her family and community. She will not be allowed to talk, marry, and even discrimination takes place when they are not tattooed. She must get inked first in order to be accepted by her people.

Story #3

Journalist Documented The Last Tattooed Women

The last one is about beauty and the afterlife. According to them, when a woman of the tribe passes away, she will rise in heaven in her ‘most beautiful form’.

Journalist Documented The Last Tattooed Women

All of the stories stated above might be true, and they all prove one thing. The tattoo art played a major part in the role of the tribe’s women. It was actually a survival mode in their life.. and even after life.


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Written by Denis Santos

A Journalism student who considers nature as his second home. Likes to travel on a budget, and believes tofu and nuggets come hand in hand.

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