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PREFACE
TOUCH-1
TOUCH-2
TOUCH-3 (begin)
TOUCH-3 (end)
TOUCH-4 (begin)
TOUCH-4 (end)
SMELL-1
SMELL-2
SMELL-3.1
SMELL-3.2
SMELL-3.3
SMELL-3.4
SMELL-3.5
SMELL-4 (begin)
SMELL-4 (end)
SMELL-5
HEARING-1
HEARING-2
HEARING-3
VISION-1.1
VISION-1.2
VISION-1.3
VISION-2.1
VISION-2.2
VISION-2.3
VISION-2.4
VISION-3
VISION-4
VISION-5
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

black hair; she spoke modestly, with a soft, sweet voice, and 

when she smiled, two lovely dimples appeared in her cheeks; in 

all her movements she was gentle and refined." The Japanese belle 

of ancient times, Dr. Nagayo Sensai remarks (_Lancet_, February 

15, 1890) had a white face, a long, slender throat and neck, a 

narrow chest, small thighs, and small feet and hands. Baelz, also, 

has emphasized the ethereal character of the Japanese ideal of 

feminine beauty, delicate, pale and slender, almost uncanny; and 

Stratz, in his interesting book, _Die Koerperformen in Kunst und 

Leben der Japaner_ (second edition, 1904), has dealt fully with 

the subject of Japanese beauty. 

 

The Singalese are great connoisseurs of beauty, and a Kandyan 

deeply learned in the matter gave Dr. Davy the following 

enumeration of a woman's points of beauty: "Her hair should be 

voluminous, like the tail of the peacock, long, reaching to her 

knees, and terminating in graceful curls; her eyebrows should 

resemble the rainbow, her eyes, the blue sapphire and the petals 

of the blue manilla-flower. Her nose should be like the bill of 

the hawk; her lips should be bright and red, like coral or the 

young leaf of the iron-tree. Her teeth should be small, regular, 

and closely set, and like jessamine buds. Her neck should be 

large and round, resembling the berrigodea. Her chest should be 

capacious; her breasts, firm and conical, like the yellow 

cocoa-nut, and her waist small--almost small enough to be clasped 

by the hand. Her hips should be wide; her limbs tapering; the 

soles of her feet, without any hollow, and the surface of her 

body in general soft, delicate, smooth, and rounded, without the 

asperities of projecting bones and sinews." (J. Davy, _An 

Account of the Interior of Ceylon_, 1821, p. 110.) 

 

The "Padmini," or lotus-woman, is described by Hindu writers as 

the type of most perfect feminine beauty. "She in whom the 

following signs and symptoms appear is called a _Padmini_: Her 

face is pleasing as the full moon; her body, well clothed with 

flesh, is as soft as the Shiras or mustard flower; her skin is 

fine, tender, and fair as the yellow lotus, never dark colored. 

Her eyes are bright and beautiful as the orbs of the fawn, well 

cut, and with reddish corners. Her bosom is hard, full, and high; 

she; has a good neck; her nose is straight and lovely; and three 

folds or wrinkles cross her middle--about the umbilical region. 

Her _yoni_ [vulva] resembles the opening lotus bud, and her 

love-seed is perfumed like the lily that has newly burst. She 

walks with swanlike [more exactly, flamingolike] gait, and her 

voice is low and musical as the note of the Kokila bird [the 

Indian cuckoo]; she delights in white raiment, in fine jewels, 

and in rich dresses. She eats little, sleeps lightly, and being 


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