Steatopygia


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Steatopygia

 

the pronounced development of the subcutaneous fatty layer of the buttocks in humans, in the area of the gluteus maximus. Steatopygia is most common in the women of some South African peoples, mainly the Bushmen and Hottentots. These peoples and the Zulus consider it to be a sign of beauty. The cause has not been conclusively determined.

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The third motif, which recurs with still greater frequency, is that of steatopygia, a term for the deposits of fat typically found in the buttocks of Khoi women, including the Griquas.
One unusual characteristic of these peoples is steatopygia in the women--the tendency to accumulate fat reserves on the buttocks and thighs without developing generalized obesity in the rest of the body.
42) The physical characteristics noted by travellers include steatopygia, or, in John Ogilby's more helpful phrase, their "Buttocks sticking out" (Africa [London, 1670], 590).