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Beautiful Himba girl from Kaokoland in Namibia smiling happily near her family

SMILING ON SUNDAY: Beautiful Himba girl from Kaokoland in Namibia smiling happily near her family house with her two plaited herstyle coild backwards.





By tradition, a young Himba girl typically has two plaits of braided hair called ozondato, the form being determined by her oruzo (the paternal clan) she belongs.Young children tend to have shaved heads, although some have special haircuts that indicate they belong to a clan where taking care of goats with small ears is taboo - a tradition that extends to eating their meat.
A Himba girl with a single locked plait pointing forward, which means she is one of a set of twins.




For years,this ancient ethnic group of semi-nomadic herders known as the Himba has drawn photographers to Namibia's barren northwest.The Himba ethnic group have kept their ethnic individuality and culture in the seclusion of Kaokoland. This ancient tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists live in the Kunene region of northern Namibia. There are between 20,000 and 50,000 Himba people.


The Himba ethnic group have kept their ethnic individuality and culture in the seclusion of Kaokoland. This ancient tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists live in the Kunene region of northern Namibia. There are between 20,000 and 50,000 Himba people.
The friendly and extraordinary Himba people are closely related to the Herero people but they have resisted change and preserved their unique cultural heritage. About 240,000 Herero people live in Namibia, Botswana and Angola. They belong to the Bantu group of African nations.

BY: Kweku Darko Ankrah

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