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Lalibela
By Lola García-Ajofrín
10 Dec 2015

In Lalibela, Christians display tattoos, following a mix of tradition, faith and aesthetics. This practice started centuries ago.

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Lalibela
By Lola García-Ajofrín
06 Dec 2015

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.

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Lalibela
By Lola García-Ajofrín
06 Dec 2015

In Lalibela, Christian eld women have their necks and faces covered with tattoos, a practice from centuries ago. But Islam, Jewish and other indigenous faiths contributed to a variety of tattoo traditions. When they were young girls, they inked her neck "like a sign of faith and to become beautiful". In Holy City Lalibela, in Ethiopia, many of the all women wear Christian Tattoos. 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.

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Lalibela
By Lola García-Ajofrín
06 Dec 2015

In Lalibela, Christians display tattoos, following a mix of tradition, faith and aesthetics of a practice from centuries ago.

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Lalibela
By Lola García-Ajofrín
28 Nov 2015

A young man in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia with Christian symbols tattoos.

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Lalibela
By Lola García-Ajofrín
13 Nov 2015

Designer Zelalem in Zola Tattoo, in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. His name, Zelalem, in Amaric means "Always". He says it fits with his job: "Tattoos are forever". In Zola Tattoo, one of the few tattoo studios in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, most of the clients ask Christian tattoos. Some pictures of their latest creations are on the wall: a crown of thorns on an afflicted Christ stains a shoulder; a pair of hands with a rosary adorning an arm. In Ethiopia Christian have inked their skin during centuries. "My grandma had a tattoo", Zelalem says. But it was a traditional tattoo made at home. Even today most of the people don't wear professional tattoos. Zelalem tells "It's imposible to find the materials. In my case my brother who lives in Italy send them".In Zola Tattoo, one of the few tattoo studios in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, most of the clients ask Christian tattoos. Some pictures of their latest creations are on the wall: a crown of thorns on an afflicted Christ stains a shoulder; a pair of hands with a rosary adorning an arm. In Ethiopia Christian have inked their skin during centuries. "My grandma had a tattoo", Zelalem says. But it was a traditional tattoo made at home. Even today most of the people don't wear professional tattoos. Zelalem tells "It's imposible to find the materials. In my case my brother who lives in Italy send them".