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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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March 9, 2013

buscalan elders: remnants of kalinga tattoo culture


Buscalan Elders

The Kalinga tattoo culture may still be there but one can say that's its not being practiced like how it was it the old days. Gone are the days of head hunting and only a handful of those fully tattooed warriors remain. I had this rare opportunity to stay for a few days in the Whang Od's village of Buscalan in Kalinga and take photos of the few remaining tattooed Kalinga women. Most of them are in their 80's and 90's.

Buscalan Elder
Kasang Lammaw, 79 yrs old


Buscalan Elder
Idchong Payay, 75 yrs old


Buscalan Elder
Sigwhay Ngajaan, 86 yrs old


Buscalan Elder
Whogkajon and Sigwhay 


Buscalan Elder
Whogkajon Sujam, 80 yrs old


Buscalan Elder
Ti -i Payay, 98 yrs old


Buscalan Elder
Lu-ja Lukya, 89 yrs old


Buscalan Elder
Chajong Payay, 102 yrs old

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sheng said...

I saw Whang-Od's feature on Carina David's TV segment, and I am awed at how painful they do that tattooing. Numb from the pain, but so feeling it in their bodies, Carina for sure had the chance to try being pierced/pricked with a letter K for Kalinga in her buttocks. I'm sure I cannot handle such pain, but the culture remains, however, who is to continue this kind of tradition. And for me, I don't believe that the more tattooed a woman is, the more beautiful she is, but I respect their belief.

Jerry Tieng said...

LikE!

nagpanaoan.com said...

What beautiful portraits!

nagpanaoan.com said...

What beautiful portraits!

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