As the women adorn themselves in different countries
Women always want to look beautiful, but ideas about beauty in many different countries. We tell about some of the ideals of feminine beauty in different parts of the world, and unusual ways of decorating.
Representatives Padaung people know firsthand that "Beauty requires sacrifice." Starting from 5 years of age, is wound metal spiral brass thickness of 1 cm. Their number is increasing with age in girls neck. Thus, older women neck may twine ring a total height of 30 cm.
There is a version, though this unusual tradition is there to protect. Padaung historically inhabited the mountainous area in present-day Myanmar and Thailand. When husbands went to the food quest defenseless women could become victims of tiger attacks. Thus hoops serve some armor that protects against predators. And although today the Tigers have not seen in this area, the tradition of ring-bark neck and legs kept. In addition, the women say that men like their long necks and that more than likely to marry a girl with hoops.
Girls from the Ethiopian Mursi tribe resorted to more radical ways of decorating. They pull the lower lip by means of a circular disk (dhebi a tugoin). When she turns 15-18 years old, her mother or any other woman of the tribe girl cuts a knife or arrow bottom lip and inserts it stick. Later, it was replaced with clay or wooden a plate: first, small, and eventually more. Sometimes the diameter of such ornaments can reach 12-15 centimeters! To drive is not pressed on the lower teeth, they are simply removed. However, not all but 2-4 cutter. By the way, the wheels can be removed during meals or at bedtime. It is believed that the larger the drive, the higher the social status of women and the greater the need to pay a ransom for her before the wedding. However, many Mursi girls marry before her "reward" plate. In addition it is believed that the dish can talk about age - than wider plate, the older woman. According to another version, the size of the plate depends on the girl's credibility.
This unusual tradition there is an explanation. Mursi believe that evil spirits can enter the human through the mouth. The disc in the lip to prevent this. It is interesting that men do not resort to such protection. It is likely that with such a decoration they reduce the likelihood that someone from another tribe would lead them women.
The stretched lobe
A similar procedure is typical of other African tribe. Maasai Women living in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, with the help of a similar disk extend ears. Girls at an early age by shrapnel pierced earlobes horns. In the hole insert wooden objects. Over time, the load is increased by using beads and bulky jewelry, while the lobe does not draw it up to the shoulders. The longer the ears, the more respected and considered to be a beautiful woman to his tribesmen.
In order not to injure such beauty while walking or working, women fill up the top edge of the lobe of the ear. And they use decoration for practical purposes: can be inserted into a hole the right things, for example, a tube for smoking or cutlery. Interestingly, the elongated earlobe - not the only thing that makes women irresistible in the eyes of men from the Masai tribe. Maasai women for the sake of beauty and knock yourself front teeth and shave their heads.
Women of the Himba people living in northern Namibia, start your day with an unusual cosmetic procedure. They daubed themselves from head to toe with a mixture of ocher, oil and ash, covering even her hair braided in dreadlocks. The ointment is added to the resin bush omuzumba - it gives a red color. This mixture not only makes women Himba attractive in the eyes of men, but also protects the skin from the scorching sun. Therefore, the use of this ointment, men and children. But this is not enough for a woman of the Himba tribe looked delicious. After the rite of passage into adulthood girls remove the four lower tooth.
Women Maori - the indigenous people of New Zealand - a long time adorn themselves with tattoos. Unlike men, who covered the complex patterns of the whole body, women often painted only the face and chin. It was believed that women are more in need of emotional "food", so the "Moko" (tattoo) covered the area around the mouth. In addition, such an unusual decoration attracted the opposite sex.
Maori borrowed technique of applying patterns Polynesia. Tattooing is for Maori and protection, and the manifestation of personality and some passport on which it was possible to learn about the nature and the life of its owner. Earlier this art was not available to all. Only the upper classes were worthy of wearing the individual tattoo. She pointed to the status and noble origin, so a woman with a pattern had more chance of getting married. In addition, the Maori believed that drawing helps to keep youth and beauty. Today, the art of "ta-moko", a forgotten in the 19th century, is experiencing a rebirth. Many representatives of Maori tattooing, to demonstrate their respect for the traditions of their ancestors.
Traffic jams in the nose
Women People apatani people living in the north-east of India, pierced nostrils and is inserted into the plug opening, called Yaping Hullo. It is believed that this tradition arose from the fact that long ago that women were the most beautiful people in the district and suffered from increased attention from men from other tribes. So that those who do not have any desire to lead beauties come up with a deterrent "decoration". Furthermore, girls tattoos made in a straight line from the chin to the tip of the nose. Over time, plug in the nose become a regular feature of the appearance of the women and the distinguishing feature of the tribe. Recently, however, the younger generation of people apatani people prefer to adorn themselves in other ways.
For the sake of beauty Chinese women had to make major sacrifices: X since the beginning of the beginning of XX century, the country was a popular cult graceful legs. Horse riding was considered a finesse foot length of 10 cm, curved crescent-shaped and resembles a lotus. To achieve this effect, the girls in the age of 4 perebintovyvali foot so that the four fingers bent and in contact with the sole. In this position the foot ceased to grow and deformed. Little resembling claw foot was regarded as a symbol of female chastity and the most attractive part of a female body. Beauty with bandaged legs with difficulty walking, limping, and experienced pain when walking. But the chances of successfully marrying at owners of the lotus feet were much higher. At the beginning of the XX century-foot lotus out of fashion, and Chinese women are no longer suffer because of this beauty canon.
Women African tribe Surma decorate their bodies with scars. It is believed that the greater the scarring, the hardy and attractive woman. By scarification resorted not only the fair sex, but men, to whom it is primarily a demonstration of courage. By the number of scars on his right hand (for women - on the left) you can see how many enemies were killed by the owner of scars. scarring procedure is very unpleasant: the skin is cut blade, lift it with a thorn acacia and rubbed into the wound a mixture of ash and plant juices, causing irritation. Thus, scar acquires the desired convex shape.