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The ki'sain, is a colored dot, on the forehead worn by Malkieri women. It symbolizes their willingness to pledge their sons to oppose the Shadow (KoD, Ch. 20). Unmarried women wear a blue ki'sain (NS, Ch. 25), married women wear a red ki'sain (WH, Ch. 8), and widows wear a white ki'sain (NS, Ch. 22). Women who have died are marked with all three (ToM, Glossary)