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Marks of Identity

Marks of identity are not always about the artwork. In southern Ethiopia's Omo Valley, young unmarried women of the Hamar tribe are voluntarily beaten in conjunction with a male relative's rite of passage into manhood. In Canada, members of an extreme subculture scar their bodies with scorching-hot metal. For some "branders," it is a test of endurance and courage, while for others it's a painful but unique form of art.

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