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The Himba people live in the Kunene region of northern Namibia. There are between 20,000 and 50,000 Himba people. The Himba are closely related to the Herero people. About 240,000 Herero people live in Namibia, Botswana and Angola. They belong to the Bantu group of African nations. The Himba and Herero speak the same language. The Himba raise cattle and goats.

Milking of animals as well as other jobs like bringing water to the village and building homes is done by women. Women raise children too. There is a situation that one woman in the community gets a task of raising children. So, she raise children of her own and those of other woman in the community. Men on the other side are more involved in political and legal matters.

Himba women
It has to be said that Himba women do not wear lot of clothes. To somehow protect themselves from the sun they make a paste of butter fat, ochre, and herbs which they later put on their skin. That is why their skin is of reddish colour. The Himba believe that this colour is beautiful. It also has symbolic meaning as it unites the red colour of earth and blood which is the symbol of life. The hairstyle worn by Himba women is also quite unique. The hair is braided ("weaved") and covered with the specail ochre mixuture called "otjize". Before reaching the puberty girls have only two hair braids. After the puberty they are allowed to make more of them. Single Himba men have only one braid backwards from the crown of the head. When they get married keep their hair tied in the shape of a turban.

Himba woman making her perfume
Himba women have a rather interesting way to make them smell nice. How do they do it? They slowly burn certain aromatic plants and resins and use the smoke created to perfume and clean themselves. The Himba wear lot of leather jewelry. They often combine it with shells. Western style of fashion appears too but only on men. Both men and women walk topless. They wear skirts or loincloths made of animal skin. Adult women wear beaded anklets. They are used to protect them from snake bites.

Traditions And Customsfrom all over the world by Mislav Popovic


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#2
balloon Uzasne, uzasne, uzasne !
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anonymous
02. 06. 2012
#1
balloon Tie fotky hore by kludne mohli byt definiciou stastia a pokoja v dusi. Staci sa pozriet na tych ludi a prirodu. To je nieco co my v nasom blaznivom svete nikdy nespozname. Dufam a zelam si, aby im to vydrzalo co najdlhsie,nicim nerusene, nadherne a jednoduche. Krasne fotky, krasni ludia,krasna priroda..
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sisjak
21. 05. 2012

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