The OvaHimba history is fraught with disasters, encompassing severe droughts and guerrilla warfare, particularly during Namibia's war of independence and as a result of the civil war in neighboring Angola. Between 1904–1908, they underwent the same attempt at genocide during the Herero Wars conducted by the imperial colonial government in German South-West Africa under Lothar von Trotha that annihilated notably the Herero nation and the Nama people during the Herero and Namaqua Genocide.
They are semi-nomadic, pastoral people who breed cattle and goats.
Women tend to perform more labor-intensive work than men do, such as carrying water to the village, building homes, and milking cows. Men handle the political tasks and legal trials.
Their homes are simple, cone-shaped structures of saplings, bound together with palm leaves, mud, and dung
In the Himba culture, a sign of wealth is not the beauty or quality of a tombstone, but rather the cattle you had owned during your lifetime, represented by the horns on your grave.
It is customary, for them, for the women to engage in daily activities of milking cows, taking care of the children while the men go hunting, sometimes leaving for long periods.
According to the Guardian, "When a visitor comes knocking, a man shows his approval and pleasure of seeing his guest by giving him the Okujepisa Omukazendu treatment — the wife is given to his guest to spend the night while the husband sleeps in another room. In a case where there is no available room, her husband will sleep outside."
This reduces jealousy and fosters relationships.
The Himba conserve their traditional beliefs including ancestor adoration and rituals concerning okoruwo (a sacred fire) which is considered an important link between the living and the dead. Each concession has an okoruwo which is always positioned between the entrance to the kraal (village) and the entrance of the main dwelling. This is used to light all fires in the settlement and the ancientest member of the patriclan must ensure that it is kept smoldering and never goes out. Blazes from the Okoronkwo are used for daily rituals and special ceremonies like births, deaths, marriages, and circumcision, and it is through this medium that communication takes place with the traditional spirits.
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