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13 more in collection My Grandma Wore Tattoos: A Trip to this Body Art Origins

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When this Ethiopian Christian woman in her late seventies, who prefer doesn't says here name, was a young girl, she inked her neck "like a sign of faith and to become beautiful", she explains with a big smile. "My friends did also". In Holy City Lalibela, in Ethiopia, many of the all women wear Christian Tattoos. She arrives with two friends, three women also in her seventies who also wear tattoos. One of them a black cross on the forehead. They were on white because the morning mass in the astonishing St. George's Church has just finished and they have been sitting in the sun for a chat. In Lalibela, Ethiopia, Christians wear tattoos as a tradition that started centuries ago. It is not a new trend. The world's first tattoo on record is 5,000 years ago and it was found in Europe.