Save where the tribes have come under Arab or European influence, the clothing is extremely scanty, but absolute nudity is not known.
More or less, absolute nudity among men is characteristic even of the Bahima (Hamites).
Another point of interest lies in the difference of outlook with which nudity is regarded by the English and Japanese.
Later, when the novelty of clothing has spent its force, the stimulus is supplied by nudity complete or partial.
One more point must be considered: there is the evidence of competent observers to show that members of a tribe accustomed to nudity, when made to assume clothing for the first time, exhibit as much confusion as would a European compelled to strip in public. This fact, considered together with what has been said above, compels the conclusion that modesty is a feeling merely of acute self-consciousness due to appearing unusual, and is the result of clothing rather than the cause.