Marked for Life

Myanmar’s Chin Woman and their Facial Tattoos

Marked for Life documents the vanishing beauty and tradition of facial tattooing among the women of various Chin ethnic groups of Myanmar. Though a centuries old tradition, it has never been the subject of any anthropological research. Until the last century, the practice of facial tattooing among the so-called „hill tribes“ in the Asia Pacific region was still fairly widespread. It only survived in remote regions of Myanmar until fairly recently: the turn of the millennium. Even today, after a gradual opening to the outside world due to political change, the country is still considered one of the least explored on earth because of the inaccessibility of large areas. Jens Uwe Parkitny’s work therefore provides a unique glimpse into a little known culture that is quickly vanishing.

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Marked for Life

March 2017

ISBN 978-3-7356-0355-5

30 × 30 cm

144 pages

104 colored and 16 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: Burmesisch, English

Goethe-Institut Myanmar, Franz Xaver Augustin

Text by
Franz Xaver Augustin, Lisa Crosswhite, Nathalie Johnston, Lars Krutak, Jens Uwe Parkitny, Jan Philipp Sendker

Design by
Jörg Walter, GROUPE DEJOUR, Walter & Walter GbR

Exhibition:  Marked for Life , 9.4.2016–10.5.2016, Goethe-Institut Yangon/Myanmar