Butter on Bread Wasteful; Women Smear Their Heads
On this date on January 8, 1931,
the Associated Press reported from Addis Ababa:
“In this country, buried in the heart of Africa, the natives, especially the women, instead of buttering their bread, which they consider a wanton waste, butter their heads.
“This, they say, is done for three reasons. First, butter promotes the growth of their hair; second, it protects the head from the burning rays of the African sun, and third, it prevents irritation by parasites.
In some parts of the country, where the hair is worn in fluffy or bushy style, a wooden head rest made of wood and carved to fit the contour of the neck, is used by the women when they go to bed.
To the American this looks exceedingly uncomfortable, but the Abyssinian women say it insures them perfect sleep and enables them to keep their hair from getting untidy.
These head rests are not unlike the one recently unearthed in the tomb of the Pharaoh Tut-Ankh-Amen in Egypt, indicating their were also used by the ancients.”