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The Himba Tribe: Namibian iconic red Women [Video]

Africa is a continent full of Beauty, its beauty can be seen through its places and its people.

Welcome to the amazing people of Africa series where we take a look at some of the indigenous people of Africa, will be looking at their lifestyles culture and getting to learn about their life through their knowledge and experiences.

Today day will be looking at the himba the himba are an indigenous people with an estimated population of about 50,000 living in northern Namibia and in Southern Angola, Breeding sheep and goats, they measure their wealth through the amount of Cattle they own, in a world full of health issues and rising cases of obesity the himba stay clear of that by sticking to their traditional that made up of soy milk porridge,on rare occasions such as weddings the himba do eat meat but this is more of an exception than the rule.

Let's take a look at how they go about their daily life women and girls tend to perform more of the labor-intensive work such as carrying water to the village plastering the homes with a traditional mixture of clay soil and cow manure collecting firewood cooking and serving meals they are also responsible for milking the cows and goats the men's main tasks pretending to livestock Harding and animal slaughtering.

Remarkable Himba tribe, is that women are not allowed to use water for washing this applies to their bodies and to their clothes maybe due to droughts water was first and only men are allowed to access water for washing purposes. So how do they go about their hygiene well by applying read up on their skin and also taking smoke pots.

They put some smoldering charcoal into a little ball of herbs and wait for the smoke to Ascend after that they will bow over there smoking or and get the heat they'll start for aspiring for a full body wash they cover themselves with a blanket so that the Smoke Gets trapped underneath the public may also apply red ochre cream that the himba are famously known for this is made by found in the August turn into small pieces and mix it with butter lightly heated using smoke and applying to that to the body.

Hairstyles play a significant role within the Himba community and reflect marital status is wealth and rank within the group's hair braiding is a communal activity with the range of Styles different different from tribe to tribe close relatives then I was creating elaborate and socialist Timberlake has since the break the creator of and lengthened by Trudy pizza wasn't he got here and artificial hair extensions hair is also seen as a symbol of fertility and marks the himba community wear thick braids and lustrous hair indicates a woman's ability to barry healthy children.

Himba are making money of tourism and that's why they are allowing tourists to visit. Women stop what they're doing and stuff and props to the tourists, the Namibian government has set laws in place about tribal privacy and how that should be kept, it also has strict rules about visiting the tribe and its sensitive to their needs there's an international law that states that indigenous people have the right to manifest practice development each the spiritual and religious traditions customs and ceremonies the right to maintain protect and have access to in the privacy to the religion and cultural sites, all countries should be implementing this way in my opinion.

What are the facts do you know about this beautiful people what do you love about their culture let us know in the comments section below again.