Sunday, November 27, 2011

Facial Tattoos Postage stamp and cover

James sent me beautiful cover from Taiwan, it was sent on 19th of October and I received it on 25th of October.
Philatelic Bulletin says, that in the early days of the tribal society of the Atayal, an aboriginal people of Taiwan, decorative facial tattoos were custamarily stained on tribal members faces during solemn rituals. Men tattooed one or more vertical lines on their forehead and chins, whereas women tattooed one or more vertical lines on their foreheads as well as V shapes on their cheeks, extending from their ears to their lips. The traditional Atayal facial tattoo is fraught with social meaning. Apart from being symbols of glory, these tattoos demonstrate tribal identity, convey that their bearers have reached adulthood, and serve as badges of bravery and talent. The stamp features a tattooed Atayal woman weaving against the background of Mt. Dabajian.
Thank you James!

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