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Perturbing reading. Particularly startling because I find myself empathizing with these cultural traditions. Before Cliff died I would have found the contents of this article alien, repugnant even. But today? I can understand why widows would engage in these practices.
We are left marked by this experience, even if there is no visible sign to show the world. It's almost as though they are "wearing their grief" or perhaps there is respite from the pain they feel through the act of physically hurting themselves, whether by being tattooed or worse.