Reasons for Tribal / Facial Mark in Yoruba

The tribal marks are specific means of identification and beautification marks designed on the face or body of the Yoruba people. 

The tribal marks are part of the culture in Yoruba land and are usually inscribed on the body by burning or cutting of the flesh during childhood.



 The primary function of the tribal marks is for identification of a person's tribe, family heritage. 


Other secondary functions of the marks are symbols of beauty, Yoruba creativity and keeping mischievous children alive (ila Abiku). 


This practice was popular among the people of Nigeria,Benin,and Togo. 


During the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, tribal identification and facial stripes was the big deal, Some repatriated slaves later reunited with their communities by looking at facial stripes

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