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Sacred Skin Reviewed in Laos

Sacred Skin, the first English language book on Thailand’s sacred tattoos, got excellent coverage recently in the newsletter of the Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden in Laos. Besides the obvious flowery news there are always a few pages dedicated to books with regional topics. Thanks to Pha Tad Ke for featuring us.

It’s the first review from a publication from a communist nation. Sadly the tradition of sacred tattoos has all but disappeared since the revolution, though perhaps this excellent coverage is a first step towards reestablishing sacred tattoo traditions in Laos.

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