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One interesting feature of Yoruba physical appearance which is fast
disappearing because of the extant laws, and international campaign,
is the tribal marks. Tribal or facial mark- is a specific mark, which
comes in different shapes and sizes, commonly found on the face. There
are various tribal marks, by different ethnic groups within Yoruba
nation. The Ije?a people are known by “pele.”
Pele, is a-four-horizontal-line; a-quarter-of-an-inch-long made on the
cheeks on both sides of the mouth. The Ondo natives of (Ondo State)
are identified by half-an-inch-vertical lines on both sides of the
nose down to the mouth (marks are thick and long). Other Yoruba ethnic
groups have different types of facial marks; Ogbomoso natives of (Oyo
State) are identified by multiple straight and curved lines (Gombo) on
both sides of the face. Other sub-groups within Yoruba nation have
only curved lines on both sides of their face. Even, a particular
mark, may have varieties among neighbors; for instance, Pele has about
three versions: Pele Ijesa (discussed) Pele Ekiti
(quarter-of-an-inch-horizontal-line) and Pele Akoko (about the same
length, but comes in either vertical or horizontal format); the style
will depends on Akoko by Ekiti, Bini and Okun neighbors. The purpose
of facial marks in the past was to identify each group within Yoruba
nation, to beautify, and to identify slaves. Because of the health
implications and several abuses, it has become an outlaw practice in
Nigeria.
Yoruba has the following tribal marks

   Abaja
   K?k? or G?mb?
   Ture
   Pele
   Mande
   Jamgbadi

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