I t is interesting to see the old men preparing for a ceremony which is to be dedicated to a Knaninja or Spirit of Sex, because they all endeavour to conceal the white hairs of their beards by rubbing charcoal into them. The bark of the cork tree (Hakea) is used for the purpose; pieces of it are charred, crushed between the palms, and applied where needed. It is astounding what a difference this process

makes to the appearance, and some of the old grey-beards really look as though they had been made twenty years younger by magic.