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Tai Lu 'trouser' tattoos in Northern Laos. The Sak Yan (protection tattoos) tradition in Laos is much diminished.

Tai Lu 'trouser' tattoos in Northern Laos. The Sak Yan (protection tattoos) tradition in Laos is much diminished. Stock Photo
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Dan White - Sacred Tattoos of Thailand / Alamy Stock Photo

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CTN18T

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41.8 MB (2.9 MB Compressed download)

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4416 x 3312 px | 37.4 x 28 cm | 14.7 x 11 inches | 300dpi

Date taken:

February 7, 2010

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This image could have imperfections as it’s either historical or reportage.

Some older tai men still have the traditional 'trouser' tattoos in norther Laos. This tradition is nearly gone. Sak Yan are the mystical 'protection' tattoos very popular in Thailand. They also exist in Laos in a form close to that of the Northern Thai Lanna tradition. They are no longer popular though and come with some stigma attached. The Communist Authorities also frown on the practice.