This tribal marking originate from the Bétamarribé tribe in Benin. They are intricate series of marks across the face made with an iron tool by a blacksmith. The marks are usually made when children are about two to three years of age. If any member of the tribe dies without the marks, he cannot be buried in the village cemetary as he will not be considered a part of the Bétamarribé tribe.
Let's leave Benin for the Ile-Ife Kingdom in Nigeria. These marks are native to the Ife and Ijebu people. It consists of three vertical marks down each cheek, it is also one of the most popular marks in the Yoruba land.
These tribal marks originate from the Kingdom of Oyo in Nigeria, the ogbomoshos to be precise. It comes with multiple lines drawn from the temple to the cheekbones then take a turn to run diagonally across the cheek. It is also called Keke.
The Dinka tribal mark is characterized by a series of V-shaped marks on the forehead. It comes from an ethnic group in South Sudan and unlike other cultures where the scarifications are made at birth, the Dinka people use it as a transition rite, from boy to man.
These marks are made by the people of Egba in Nigeria. Six incisions run from the mouth to fan out like whiskers. There is also a line from the ridge of the nose.
These marks are made by the people of South Sudan and Western Ethiopia. Several lines run across the forehead much like beads.
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