Among the Guarayos, when a young man falls in love, he paints himself from head to foot, the penis usually being of a different color, and, armed with his war club, lurks about the cabin of his Dulcinea for days at a time, or until he gets a chance to capture her, which he does by force.
Among the Ahts the girls are generally painted at their first menstruation, not before; and scarcely anything possesses so great a charm for almost all savages as bright, showy colors. No matter how poor a man may be, otherwise, if he have a good stock of bright blue or red beads, he can always command the service of slave and freeman alike; and in some of those interesting regions of the earth the beads are held so precious, or women so cheap, that a single bead may always be counted on to purchase a wife, either temporarily or permanently.
Red ochre is a staple with most savages in their personal adornment: the Naudowessies paint their faces red and black, which "they esteem highly ornamental,"1 the Guaycurua preferring red and white, with which colors they paint their entire bodies. The natives of Australia stain themselves with black, red, yellow and white; and in Fiji, along with the soberer colors, a slight touching up with vermilion is esteemed " the greatest possible acquisition."3 In New Zealand the lips of the dandies of both sexes are stained blue; and it would appear that the modern "bleached blonde" was by no means unknown in Santa Cruz, or Egmont Island, from the observation of Labillardiere that "there was diffused among them a fondness for white hair, which formed a very strikine contrast to the color of their skin."*