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Hebe of the South Pacific "Shock Troops" That Strike Terror Into the Heart

HEBE OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

"SHOCK TROOPS" THAT STRIKE TERROR INTO THE HEART

Even judged by European standards, an undeniable beauty and charm may be attributed to the women of the Marquesas Islands, whose grace and symmetry of form would delight the sculptor Warriors in the west of New Guinea are most ferocious figures when in war paint. They look like devils incarnate as they advance yelling to the attack in their headdresses arched with white cockatoo feathers and hung with tasselled cords, veritable breastplates made up of fibre cross-belts sewn with disk-like shell sections, and necklaces of tusks and repulsive nose ornaments