History and Culture
The Tattooed Women of Tinglayan, Kalinga
Pinoy Adventurista | Jul 11, 2013
Contributed by: Travel Insider Pinoy Adventurista
Tucked among the mountains of the Cordilleras, I am glad to have visited Kalinga province and met some of the remaining tattooed Kalinga women.
The tattooed women of Tinglayan have their tattoos in their bodies as ornaments like a necklace or full sleeves on their arms to signify beauty; it makes them more attractive to their suitors. For the men, it is a sign of bravery as warriors who have killed their enemies as Kalinga tribes are known to be the fiercest headhunting warriors of the Cordilleras.
These tattoos were done by a traditional tattoo artists locally known as "mambabatok". Charcoal that was made into a paste and a thorn that serves as a needle were used to make the tattoo.
"We only read them on text books. Seeing them is a learning experience".
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