“Konyak Tribe” by Adam Koziol

HEAD HUNTERS In 1960s, Cognac tribes were at war with each other in Nagaland state in India. As a symbol of joining the war, those who were in war got inked on their chests. However, more flattering ones were the face tattoos. They meant that the person who had face tattoos killed an enemy and brought his head to the tribe. But then this community changed all the value judgment and accepted the Catholic sect. Now, head hunters live in peace with their tattoos on their faces in their villages. What remains to today is the facial tattoos as the symbol of their heroism.

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