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Mata Hari was an exotic dancer and courtesan who was arrested by the French and executed for espionage during World War I. After her death, her stage name, "Mata Hari," became synonymous with spying and espionage.

Мата Хари (Mata Hari)

Mata Hari - colorized by Klimbims - do not use for commercial, the image is copywrited (copywritten? Whatevs, I LOVE seeing Mata Hari in natural colors!

Mata Hari for the book "Mata Hari's Last Dance" by Michelle Moran

Mata Hari for the book "Mata Hari's Last Dance" by Michelle Moran

Mata Hari

L'ancienne cour -Mata Hari -

Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" MacLeod (Aug 1876 - Oct better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I and executed by firing squad in France.

Vishakanyas were reputedly used as assassins. If they really had poisonous skin (thanks Mithridatism), how do you imagine they would meet their client/assignment? Arms wide open? Maybe the moment of death really is ecstatic.

Mata Hari

Vishakanyas were reputedly used as assassins. If they really had poisonous skin (thanks Mithridatism), how do you imagine they would meet their client/assignment? Maybe the moment of death really is ecstatic.

Mata Hari by Lucien Walery in 1906

"Mata-Hari" Mata Hari was an exotic dancer and courtesan who was arrested by the French and executed for espionage during World War I. After her death, her stage name, "Mata Hari," became synonymous with spying and espionage.

Mata Hari - Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan, and accused spy who was executed by firing squad in France on charges of espionage for Germany during World War I.

Margaretha Geertruida Zelle called Mata Hari dutch dancer and spy for the Germany, photographied by Stanislaw Julian Ignacy aka Walery (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)