I remember being surprised to see women with crosses tattooed on their faces when I was in the Peace Corps in Tunisia.
I came to realize that North Africa had been very Christian under the Romans. In fact the dirtiest story in Boccaccio’s Decameron involves a Christian monk and a young women living in Gafsa (then called Capsa).
Unfortunately until today, I didn’t seem to have any photograph of a woman with such a tattoo. Then, reading a web page about Albert Camus and the people of Kabylie, I found such a photo:
[[kabyle-woman-w-cross-tattoos.jpg|Kabyle woman with cross tattoos on her cheeks]]
Another photo found recently in the FB group La Tunisie d’Antan:
[[crosses-on-cheeks.jpg|Found recently on FB]]