In Photos: Matriarchal Facial Tattoos

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When there is too much beauty in the heart, it spills outward: in kind eyes and a smile, in a show of tradition or companionship – or in ink. Blue and faded, the Arab women embrace rural facial tattoos as a symbol of faith in all its forms. From sigils on the forehead and warded ill-will, to beatific religious dotting and astrological motifs, palm leaves are used to ink into skin and produce a vision for the “a waning matriarchy” that once flourished in the region.

These are some women who wear their hearts in ink.

Tunis, Tunisia | Photo Credit: Yumna Al-Arashi

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Tunis, Tunisia | Photo Credit: Yumna Al-Arashi

Yumna told Al-Arashi that her tattoos represent her love and connection to the earth.

Morocco | Photo Credit: Yumna Al-Arashi

Algeria | Photo Credit: Yasmin Bendaas

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Berber woman | Photo Credit: HuffPost

Turkey | Photo Credit: Chris Kaspar

The French photographer Marc Garanger’s 1960 portrait of a woman whose village was destroyed during Algeria’s war of independence.

1960 portraits of Algerian women | Photo Credit: Marc Garanger

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1960 portraits of Algerian women | Photo Credit: Marc Garanger

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