Wodaabe - Chad
Wodaabe | Gerewol festival, Chari-Baguirmi region | Chad, 2016
Wodaabe people are revered for their facial and bodily scarification. This impressive adornment of the human body is created by cutting the skin with razor blades and filling the wounds with a mixture of coal and butter.
The numerous lacerations heal to form a thick, dark ‘tattoo’. This process begins very early on in a child’s life. Not long after birth, grandparents have the role of initiating this tradition: boys are scarif ied by their grandmother, and girls by their grandfather.
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