Card 23 drawing in progress featuring an Ainu woman of Japan. Traditionally Ainu women had lip tattoos that began when they were children up until (and sometimes after) they married. It isn’t fully clear why they did this particular tattoo though it is believed they were to repel evil spirits from entering the body (mouth) and causing sickness or misfortune, also the lip tattoos indicated that a woman had reached maturity and was ready for marriage. And finally, lip tattoos assured the woman life after death in the place of her deceased ancestors. It’s a really interesting culture.
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