In The Heart Of Africa By Sir Samuel W. Baker 
 -  The Arabs make three gashes upon
each cheek, and rub the wounds with salt and a kind of porridge (asida - Page 230
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The Arabs Make Three Gashes Upon Each Cheek, And Rub The Wounds With Salt And A Kind Of Porridge (Asida) To Produce Proud-Flesh; Thus Every Female Slave Captured By The Slave- Hunters Is Marked To Prove Her Identity And To Improve Her Charms.

Each tribe has its peculiar fashion as to the position and form of the cicatrix.

The Latookas gash the temples and cheeks of their women, but do not raise the scar above the surface, as is the custom of the Arabs.

Polygamy is, of course, the general custom, the number of a man's wives depending entirely upon his wealth, precisely as would the number of his horses in England. There is no such thing as LOVE in these countries; the feeling is not understood, nor does it exist in the shape in which we understand it. Everything is practical, without a particle of romance. Women are so far appreciated as they are valuable animals. They grind the corn, fetch the water, gather firewood, cement the floors, cook the food, and propagate the race; but they are mere servants, and as such are valuable. The price of a good-looking, strong young wife, who could carry a heavy jar of water, would be ten cows; thus a man rich in cattle would be rich in domestic bliss, as he could command a multiplicity of wives. However delightful may be a family of daughters in England, they nevertheless are costly treasures; but in Latooka and throughout savage lands they are exceedingly profitable.

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