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In a dark room, the High Priestess used her ceremonial knife to cut two teardrop scars beneath her baby grandson’s eyes.

As baby Enitan cried out, the marks ran red with blood. It took only a few moments, but scarred him for life.

In her small mud-brick home in southwest Nigeria, priestess Ifaponle Ogunjinmi performed the Yoruba tradition of giving tribal marks to the youngest member of her family.

“The tribal mark is to identify the family,” Ifaponle said. “Everyone in the family must have it.”

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