One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Aboriginal English) the decoration of the body for ceremonial purposes.‘your totem spirituality is awakened during the paint-up’
- ‘Nor do they bother very often about doing a paint-up, so far as I know.’
- ‘This awakening of energy in our own backyard - the cultural exchange, the process, the paint-up - you knew that a good spirit had to wake up.’
- ‘When the people come in from outside and come and sit in the audience there'll be a paint-up happening.’
- ‘Those who have gone before have taken their stories and paint-ups with them.’
- ‘He wrote that the initiates wore body paint which was washed off by the women. This is strongly disputed today and the paint-up after the "swim" is claimed to be correct.’
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