Enigmatic Geometric Tattoos of the Butbut of Kalinga, Philippines

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Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank the people of Butbut in Tinglayan, Kalinga, for their warmth and hospitality. The photographs were taken by Analyn Salvador-Amores during her anthropological fieldwork in Kalinga. The illustrations of traditional tattoos of the Butbut are based on her field notes. The authors are grateful to Eduard Taganap, who created new renditions of the illustrations.

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De Las Peñas, M.L.A.N., Salvador-Amores, A. Enigmatic Geometric Tattoos of the Butbut of Kalinga, Philippines. Math Intelligencer 41, 31–38 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00283-018-09864-6

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