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Red ochre, a very ancient type of body paint.

Body-painting (also body painting and bodypainting) is when special colors are applied to a human's skin. The colors used are temporary. Depending on the color used, paintings last between a few hours, and a few weeks.

Body-painting can be done for various reasons. Examples are:

  • to make a work of art
  • to camouflage one's body
  • to act in some traditional theatre
  • to take part in some traditional ceremony
  • to party, to create a sensation

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