from my older stories at #Manipur #onassignment
Not too long ago, I had heard of a last daughter of an indigenous tribe that adorned a tattoo, believed to be a passageway to heaven.
I went in search of the woman wearing these motifs to find out if they really take you to #heaven
The quest took me to the end of the country, where I found a lost kingdom of my imagination coming to life.
Khanaola, literally meaning the ‘last daughter’ bears the mark of her clanswomen, a tribal #tattoo
from her chin all the way down to her toe. This was the rumoured inked engraving believed to be a woman’s passageway to heaven.
She is the last of the #Tangkhul #Naga
women to still bear this tattoo, and along with her several beliefs, practices & taboos of the community are now fading away.
Three penetrated lines drawn from her chin extend all the way across her neck and chest. The sun, wind and dust from the hill ranges have carved lines on her skin that reveal all of her 98 years. Upon the scars of her century-old existence, the inked lines have only deepened the story of her endurance and survival. “This tattoo signifies the mark of my womanhood. It is a mark implying that I’m a complete woman.” The last daughter of the Tangkhul Nagas now turns a 100 years old. Longing to go back & live with Avi & the Tangkhul folk again & time travel with them back to the remote... Story found, produced and written by @bhavitab.
Shot by @bharat_wangkheimayum
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