At one time, almost all the Amazonian tribes had characteristic facial
tattoos that would distinguish their tribe. The Matsés facial tattoos
consist of accentuated lines along the cheeks extending from each ear lobe
to the mouth and around the mouth. Traditionally, Matses girls and boys were
tattooed upon reaching adolescence by a male relative. In addition, those
initiated into the Matses tribe from other tribes were tattooed. Matses
tattoos are similar to those of the Marubos, a neighboring Panoan tribe;
however, the Marubos would also tattoo their lips, hence the term “Black Lip
People” for the Marubos tribe by the Matses.
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