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Pondo girl, South Africa, by Norman H. Hardy

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Title: Women 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: Women
Publisher: London, New York (etc.) : Cassell and Company, limited
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ns may delay a mans marriage,but seldom proves a permanent obstacle ; ifhis father or uncle cannot furnish the neces-sary cattle, and no friend will oblige with aloan, he can always go to service or work inthe mines till he has earned them. If aman, not blind, lame, or conspicuouslydeformed, reaches the age of sixty, or so,without finding a wife, the presumption isthat he was in his youth too unpleasant andunamiable for any girl to accept him. Toescape such a fate young, and even elderly,men in doubt about their own attractionswill take great pains to secure adventitiousones; they have a great belief in medi-cines for making the girls like them, andwill often ask for them in chemists shops.Among the plants reputed most efficaciousfor this purpose is a species of smilax calledibuta, whose delicate, Ught green leaves havea silvery sheen ; if you meet a man withsprays of it wreathed in his hair, you may besure he is on his way to the kraal where heis paying his attentions. He is probably
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PONDO GIRL : SOUTH AFRICA. Drawn by Norman H. Hardv. SOUTH AND SOUTH-WEST AFRICA 283 ■wearing, in addition, all he can afford in theway of bead ornaments, and bangles ofbrass, copper and iron wire on his armsand legs—perhaps also a set of brassrings fastened to his front hair and jinglingacross his forehead. But, though somegiddy girls may be impressed by theseadornments, they are not generally regardedwith much favour ; there is an idea that aman who beautifies himself to excess is likelyto take to drink later on and prove a badhusband. The round huts—• beehive huts thebooks call them, but they never struck meas like beehives, being flatterRestrictions -^^ shape—are ranged round aWomen. circle, in the middle of which is the cattle-kraal—that sacredplace forbidden to all women. They maynot even, as a rule, cross the path bywhich the cattle leave the enclosure. Nowoman is supposed to have anything to dowith the cattle ; the milking is always doneby men and boys, and even th

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