A glimpse at face-tattooed Derung people in SW China’s Yunnan Province

More people are getting inked around the world, influenced by a trend that has emerged in recent years. However, in a village in southwest China’s Yunnan Province tattoos are a traditional practice. Women of the Derung ethnic group have kept this art alive for hundreds of years by marking their faces with herbal pigment. Fewer than 30 face-tattooed Derung women are still alive today. Some argue that the practice has helped women avoid sexual attacks and enslavement by making them look unattractive, others say it was for aesthetic purposes and enhance beauty. CCTVNEWS takes you to Gongshan County for a sight of the last surviving face-tattooed women.

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