A Monk's Tattooed Back
Battambang. 1999.

Most Cambodian's believe that they can be protected from landmines, bullets and other misdeeds by being tattooed by their local 'Achar' (Wise Man).

I asked many tattooed landmine victims, what happened and why didn't their tattoos protect them. Usually they came back with something like .... 

Their Achar was not powerful enough
Their belief was not strong enough
They forgot to pray that morning, etc.

They all retained their faith in the power of the tattoo

Photo: Tim Grant