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Himba People

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The Himba people are an ethnic group of about 20,000 to 50,000 people living in northern Namibia, in the Kaokoland region. They are a nomadic, pastoral people and they breed cattle and goats. They wear little clothing, but the women are famous for covering themselves with otjize, a mixture of butter fat and ochre, possibly to protect themselves from the sun. The mixture gives their skins a reddish tinge. This symbolizes earth’s rich red color and the blood that symbolizes life, and is consistent with the Himba ideal of beauty.
Sesfontein, Kaokoland, Namibia, Africa

Nikon D40x, Nikkor 18-200 mm, 1/200 sec at f/ 10, ISO 200
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.


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