National Geographic : 1919 Oct
A BELLE OF THE BAMBALA TRIBE ROUGES NOT MERELY HER CHEEKS BUT HER WHOLE PERSON All southern Bambala women are painted completely red; their clothes, hair, ornamental strings and beads, all are dyed with red-colored ferruginous clay. They are so fond of this color that they paint with it any gift they offer to a stranger. The coiffure is elaborate, and the band across the forehead is made of plant fiber. Note the pebble-dash effect of the cicatrices on the abdomen and on the shoulder. PEOPLES OF CENTRAL ASIA WEAVE THEIR DESIGNS IN RUGS; THOSE OF CENTRAL AFRICA WORK THEIRS IN HUMAN FLESH Cicatrization is the favorite form of adornment among many tribes; but few women can boast ofsuch awork of art asthis Manyema girl has on her back. It is difficult toimagine the pain shemust have endured while deep cuts were being made inher flesh, followed bythe still more painful process ofretarding the healing of the wounds, so as to obtain the highly raisedscars.