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These women from the highlands of Papua New Guinea wear beads and gray clay paint to mourn the loss of a family member. Highlanders will mourn from several days to a few weeks to placate the spirits of the dead. To demonstrate their loss when a relative dies, women will tightly wrap string around one of their fingers and use a knife to chop off a digit. Though this practice has diminished in recent years, older highland women can still be found with only a few finger stubs remaining.

Highlands Women in Mourning (Papua New Guinea) by Raymond Paynter
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