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For thousands of years, the elephant has played a significant role in the history and culture of Southeast Asia. Used in transport, construction, and war, the elephant, much like the domesticated horse in the Western world, is credited with helping build many Asian countries like Thailand while at the same time defending them from marauding invaders over the centuries.<br />
The revered warrior Gormari is the most decorated Hamarman, he claims more than three kills. <br />“When I was getting my first scars, the process was extremely painful. But I couldn’t show my fear. I wanted people to know that I was a killer! I would insult myself under my breath if I winced while being cut.”<br />
Beauty marks of the Hamar woman. One Hamar woman stated,<br />“When you bleed, you lose weight and become weak. But the women still get scars, not because we are forced to, but because we want to.” <br />
A blacksmith fits a young girl with her first iron collar <br />
INDIA<br /> The art of tattooing has emerged along with the development of the human race. One of the oldest tattoos was found to be engraved on the back of a man who was buried on the slopes of the Alps. The research later suggested that his body was buried there 5 thousands years ago. This suggests that people have always been fascinated by this art. <br />
A lady from Gondwanaland with the word "Rama“ written all over her face and on her clothes. <br />
Tattoo’s in India are an ancient custom. One clue to its apparent antiquity may be found in comparing petroglyph designs of labyrinths to tattoos of similar design. <br />A rock art site dated 2500 B.C. on a riverbank at Pansaimol, Goa<br />A labyrinth dated 1000 B.C. inscribed on a dolmen shrine at Padugla in the Nilgiri Hills<br />