One of the key themes of ‘Paradise’ is the notion of civilisation. Under the Christian myth of the Fall, indigenous nudity is equated with being primitive and ‘savage’. The planet Eden is tropical and the colonisers decide to ignore this taboo, arguing that nudity is rational in a warm climate. Some of the colonisers come from tribal traditions and over time they adopt a wide variety of tribal adornment. These images are a reminder of that variety.

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Xingu, Brazil, South America

Motu

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Cameroon