THE DYING ART OF HEADHUNTING TATTOOS

BBC POP UP FOLLOWED MO NAGA, A POPULAR NAGALAND TATTOO ARTIST AND RESEARCHER, TO THE VILLAGE OF PHELUNGRE TO MEET AN 85-YEAR-OLD FORMER HEADHUNTER.

BUT ARTISTS AND TATTOO RESEARCHERS IN THE STATE OF NAGALAND SAY THE ANCIENT TRADITION IS VANISHING AS YOUNG PEOPLE MOVE FURTHER AWAY FROM THE BRUTAL PRACTICE.

The former headhunters of northeast India once wore their tattoos with pride. After all, each marking was related to a military success, with the highest honour bestowed when an enemy's head was brought back to the village....

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