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Identifier: womenofallnation01joyc
Title: Females of all nations, a record of their characteristics, habits, manners, customs and influence
Year: 1908 (1900s)
Authors: Joyce, Thomas Athol, 1878-1942 Thomas, Northcote Whitridge, 1868-
Subjects: Ladies
Publisher: London, New York [etc.] : Cassell and Business, restricted

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kingonly far more pronounced, the central line beingcarried from the nose to the summit of thehead. Their marks stand out in higher relief,and form a kind of crest. The Sango andSakara ladies pinch up knots of skin ontheir foreheads, tying them round till theybecome permanent. They have about live 3i8 Girls OF ALL NATIONS of these skin beads arranged in a per-pendicular line between the nose and theforehead (see p. 324). Most of the ladies have their backselaborately scarred. Painting is practised nearly everywherethe favourite pigment, a vibrant red, isobtained from a tree, and is called tukula,but other vegetable and mineral pigments een elderly females wear a small piece ofpleated cloth almost as huge as ones hand,or to the Sango, who locate a hair from anelephants tail all they want, one particular feelsalready once more in the civilised world. Andone must incline with respect ahead of therich costume of a Banza lady which con-sists generally of a handful of leaves or a bunch ofgrass but it need to be pointed out that

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By pcrimssion qf the hthito-^rafhu BAPOTO Ladies ORNAMENTED FOR A RELIGIOUS CEREMONY. The figure in the centre is the Fetish Priest. are equally utilised. Mourning is, as a rule,indicated by white paint, but an exceptionis formed by the Ubangi women, who onthese occasions blacken their faces, even though theBambala women paint theirs brown. The funds spent by a Congo lady on herdressmaker would certainly not ruin herparents, and I have neverheard of any of them resortingto cheating at bridge in orderto satisfy the pressing demands of themilliner. Thus among the Budja, Bapoto,and some other tribes no dress whatever isworn, the tattooed decoration being all thatis regarded as necessary, and when one comesfrom a sojourn amongst them into the countryof the Bazoko, exactly where a costume of a single headfastened round the waist is located, nay exactly where CongoleseDress. decolletage is not unknown amongst them,given that on festive occasions, these ladies re-move their each day costume and put on adress consisting of a feather st

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