Ryonen Scars Her Face, 17th century

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Ryonen Scars Her Face. 17th century.

In order to "not be an object of men’s sexual desire", Ryonen scars her face to enter the monastery.  This shows her extreme ardent wish to know the truth and also the sad state of affairs between men and women sexually.  Even today, there is so much to change in our attitudes toward sex, beauty and objectification.