Watch | Are Algeria’s beauty tattoos a sin in Islam?

UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2016 04:40 PM IST
In Algeria's Aures mountains, a Chaouia woman's beauty was once judged by her tattoos. But now, those fading etchings are a source of pain for the community's older women.Today, tattooed women say Islam's prohibition of tattooing is the primary reason for the loss of the tradition, along with changing perceptions of beauty and the disappearance of the adasiya, a wandering gypsy tattooist.
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In Algeria's Aures mountains, a Chaouia woman's beauty was once judged by her tattoos. But now, those fading etchings are a source of pain for the community's older women.

Today, tattooed women say Islam's prohibition of tattooing is the primary reason for the loss of the tradition, along with changing perceptions of beauty and the disappearance of the adasiya, a wandering gypsy tattooist.

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