The women of two tribes living on Mount Victoria, in western Myanmar,  have custom tattoos on their faces, a symbol of maturity and beauty.

Living in the mountains of Chin State in western Myanmar, the women of these tribes consider the tattoo as a beauty.

Mount Victoria, the highest peak in Chin State, is home to the Munn and Dai tribes. Both tribes have a unique tattoo tradition.

Tattoos of the Dai tribe filled their faces with black dots. Currently, this type of tattoo appears only in older women.

When a girl reaches puberty (around 12-14 years), she is considered old enough to be tattooed – a symbol of maturity.

Tattoos are made of thorns and some kind of soot ink, cow’s beef, herbs and lard. Some people have had their faces tattooed, while others have had some tattoos tattooed.

The Munn tribe has a series of small circles, forming a semicircle, tattooed from the cheek to the neck.

This strange custom dates back to the 11th century, when young women were tattooed to avoid being enslaved by kings.

Nowadays, the girls of the tribe no longer practice this tradition.

Italian photographer Marco Giovanelli visited the tribes in March and said that his concept of beauty had changed.

“According to legend, a former king would have tried to capture slave women, the original tattoo was against, tattoos make women ugly.”

Over time, tattoos have become the standard of beauty and women are proud to be tattooed in front of men.

Giovanelli said he “has never met more kind, generous and friendly people than Chin women”.

Many women in traditional costumes have colorful colors, almost always holding a pipe in their hands.

The new generation no longer carries out this tradition because it is forbidden and severely punished.

A Dai woman with her face covered with tiny tattoos. They think that the more they are tattooed, the more beautiful they are.