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Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Ziro Valley hosts one of its kind open air music festival in India.As much as we wanted to attend it, another major attraction to us was the Apatani Tribe,esp the women with their famous nose plugs.Ziro Valley is where you will find the Apatani tribe. Most well known for the facial tattooing and nose plugging of the women,the hearsay is,the Apatani women were considered the most beautiful of all tribeswomen in Ziro Valley, making them prone to kidnappings by horny tribesman from the rival communities, such as the Nishis. The girls were therefore defaced by their own men to discourage them from being snatched up and taken away. You will see women over forty with facial tattoos and the women over sixty with nose plugs or yaping hurlo as well. We went to Ziro during harvesting season and most of the women were seen working in their fields, oblivious to the happening event of #ZFM going in the surroundings.