Frighteningly beautiful: the eternal smiles of the Ainu women

The traditional religion of the Ainu has also virtually disappeared — only the ceremonial worship of bears remains, and that’s largely a tourist attraction.

The traditional religion of the Ainu has also virtually disappeared — only the ceremonial worship of bears remains, and that’s largely a tourist attraction.

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The Ainu are an ancient nation, who lived in Russia and Japan and originated about 13,000 years before the Common Era. The women applied unusual tattoos to their face and arms.
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