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Tupă Matis, present wife of Bushe Matis, a young Matis leader.  Matis women normally have their faces tattooed during their adolescence.  Tupă  is unusual in that she has waited to be tattooed.  One reason for the delay is that Tupă  has been under treatment for malaria, a common affliction among the Matis Indians.  Tupă Matis was formerly married to Baritsica Matis, demonstrating that the Matis practice divorce and remarriage, not unlike most Western cultures.  However, one complicating factor is the ability of Matis men to have more than one wife, still a common practice in Matis society.


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