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This image shows the Wodaabe of Niger celebrating a tribal dance for Gerewol, a courtship festival comparable to a beauty contest

Africa | Ndebele women, Pilgrims Rest  | © Shelley Christians

женщина ндебеле Африка / Faces of Africa - Ndebele women, Pilgrims Rest © Shelley Christians

Africa |  A woman from the Ndebele tribe in South Africa wearing traditional attire and a Western-style hat. | ©United Nations

Travelling to South Africa with Via Volunteers opens the door to amazing cultural encounters. A woman from the Ndebele tribe in South Africa wearing traditional attire and a Western-style hat.

The Maasai

The Maasai

In Ndebele wall painting, the walls of a house are firstly finished in cow dung. Then tradition dictates designs painted on these walls with coloured clay.

In Ndebele wall painting, the walls of a house are firstly finished in cow dung. Then tradition dictates designs painted on these walls with coloured clay.

Kenya

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A married Surma woman wears a clay lip plate decorated with incised cow-horn designs along its border. A Surma / Suri girl will be beautiful if she has a big lip plate, and if her body is covered of scar

Pic: Copyright Timothy Allen  http://www.humanplanet.com  Gerewol Where: Northwest (edge of Sahara) of Niger When: second half of September The Gerewol Festival is annual festival, usually held in September among the Wodaabe people of Niger. Young men dressed in their best and most beautiful clothings perform and dance and sing. The main reason actually is quite simple: attentions of marriageable young women.

The Wodaabe are a nomadic people populating the Sahel desert of West Africa. Once a year in a few select locations, their tribe gathers to celebrate the amazing spectacle of Gerewol.

Africa | Wodaabe men participating in the Yaake dance durig the Gerewol Festival.  Niger | ©Marti Brown

Wodaabe men participating in the Yaake dance during the Gerewol Festival ~ Niger, Africa ©Marti Brown

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