Deep in the west of Burma, a two-day drive from Yangon where Chin State meets Rakhine State, live a group of women with facial tattoos. They are the women of the Southern Chin and are the largest group of traditionally face-tattooed women in Asia.
Where does this tradition come from? Why do they do it? And what do the tattoos mean? Much of this remains a mystery, but thanks to the tireless work of Jens Uwe Parkitny, we do have some level of understanding about these remarkable women.