National Geographic : 1937 Nov
HER SCARS COST HOURS OF AGONY IN A JUNGLE "BEAUTY SHOP" Embossed all over with an intricate pattern of raised cicatrices, this east ern Congo belle has a skin like richly tooled leather. Incisions are made with an awl-like instrument and filled with charcoal and ashes to fester, forming "beauty scars" intended to accentuate the lady's charm. Photographs byAlbert Couturiaux READY FOR AFIGHT OR AFRIENDLY SMOKE An old bush negro of the eastern Congo carries both his lethal-looking iron-headed spear and the clay-bowled pipe from which on occasion he sucks contentment and repose. Inthe Belgian Congo there are more than 525 blacks for every white man.