Indian fakirs are of two kinds: the ascetic orders, which for the most
part live in monasteries and have been compared to the Franciscans, and
the wandering charlatans who live upon the superstitions of the villagers.
The second type, as seen above, are of extremely unwholesome appearance,
indescribably dirty, and have the unpleasing habit of daubing themselves
As age creeps on, Sea Dayak women give up their brass corsets, except on
festal occasions, retaining only a few rattan waist hoops and trinkets
that do not interfere with house work