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Matses, Amazon, Peru
The Matsés Indians (commonly called Mayorunas in Brazil) are often affectionately referred to as the "cat people" due to the characteristic "whiskers" that women place in their noses. There are about 2200 Matsés living in the Yavarí Valley of Peru and Brazil, with the majority residing in Peru. The Matsés speak a language of the Panoan linguistic family that is closely aligned with the dialects that the Matis and Korubo Indians speak. The Matsés share many aspects of their culture with the Matis Indians, including medicinal plant use. Some Matsés know how to prepare neste or dauë (a medicinal bath for children) and bëcchëte (an eyewash for improving visual acuity) similar to the Matis Indians of Brazil. Matsés Indian facial tattoos consist of accentuated lines surrounding the mouth and extending along the cheeks to the base of the ears. Women wear ornaments made from the ribs of palm leaves in their noses to represent the whiskers of cats. In addition, sticks made from the shoot of caña brava are sometimes placed in a perforation of the skin below the lower lip of women. Formerly, men had perforations in their upper lips in which they placed spines from the ungurahui palm (Oenocarpus bataua). Commonly, a bright red dye (achiote), obtained from the seeds of the annatto tree (Bixa orellana) is applied to the face and body.
About the Earth Jagua Tattoo Kit
A safe and natural way to stain the skin blue/black, just like a real tattoo. Create beautiful designs that fade away in 10-15 days! The kit comes with:
What's special about Earth Jagua? No pain! No permanence!
"Earth Jagua" Fact Sheet
§ Earth Jagua is 100% safe for everyone.
§ Earth Jagua does not contain PPD or any other toxic chemicals.
§ Earth Jagua is not henna, nor does it contain henna.
§ Earth Jagua dyes the skin blue-black, just like the color of a permanent tattoo.
§ Earth Jagua lasts 10-15 days on the skin, then disappears completely.
§ Skin type, and where it is applied on the body, may produce slight variations in color.
§ Earth Jagua requires no mixing.
§ With Earth Jagua, it takes 12-24 hours for the color to appear and fully develop, just like natural henna!
§ Using Earth Jagua is totally pain-free.
§ Earth Jagua is a dye and will stain if it comes in contact with clothing or furniture, but not after the body ink dries on the skin.
§ Swimming in chlorinated pools will make Earth Jagua tattoos fade more quickly.
§ Earth Jagua can be re-applied as tattoo starts to fade, or as often as desired.
§ Earth Jagua shows up perfectly on dark skin.