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At the remote Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, we found an almost-nude tropical-zone culture that very much illustrated how missionaries and the influence of western visitors are causing natives to dress in western clothes in the name of “modesty”.


We are veterans of three summers at Confest, but this was to be our first Easter visit. During the day, we spent time brushing up on our massage technique in the 20-table massage tent. I am a great fan of body painting; and although there is a designated area with free paint and brushes, I find it gets a bit crowded and people join in painting your model when you don’t really want them to. So I decided to set up shop with my own paints along a path to the beach (river's edge) and see what happened.



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