For Koli women the tattoos are considered to be a mark of recognition by God. They believe that after death , at the gates of heaven, a woman is asked “do you bear the mark of God or are you sneaking in?”
Huge wooden ships were lined up at the harbor. Some were hoisted from the sea and resting on the shore after a long, tiring sail. The muscular fisher men were yet not released from duty and they were scrubbing the ships to remove the green layers of seaweeds.