chapter  V
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OTHER PERSONAL ORNAMENTS. THE COVERING OF THE BODY AND THE “SENSE OF SHAME”

According to Dr. Krause, the Karaya moreover wear girdles twisted of black and white cotton and provided with tassels of various kinds. Often they are also adorned with big feather rosettes, which hang down from the nether border. These girdles are used at wrestling matches, seldom on other occasions.6 The last passage in the state­ ment, it seems to me, is significant. In wrestling strong hips are required, and the Indian idea that certain bands and cords are able to impart strength to the limb to which they are applied makes it probable that this is the true reason why the Karaya adorn themselves with the elaborately-made girdles on that occasion.