Africa is a huge continent overflowing with diverse people from different countries and different customs and practices that lead them. Since the time of their forefathers, these cultures have been followed and passed down from one generation to the next.
Today, we will take a quick look at a Namibian tribe's lifestyle and some facts about them.
Meet with the people of the tribe of Himba
They are called the Himba people, and they live in the northern parts of the southern African nation of Namibia. These Africans still follow their ancient practices and observe them, even though science and development are still far from the world.
The distinctive lifestyle of their ladies
The ladies of the tribe of Himba play a more demanding role than their guys, and their ladies work extremely hard. These ladies milk their cows, gather firewood, hunt for good water, do the gardening, prepare rice, take charge of much of their duties in addition to taking care of their young ones. Many of the men are the ones who carry their cattle out to look over them for grazing.
Why don't they have a bath of water?
Another curious thing about the Himba people is that they do not bathe in water, but they live in a warm area where water is very scarce. This doesn't, though, mean that they are disgusting and unhygienic. They are hygienic, because aside from using water, they have a way of keeping themselves safe.
How they remain clean for themselves
What the Himba people generally do is add red ochre to their skin and take part in a regular smoke bath to keep themselves washed.
They do this by smoldering charcoal in a small bowl filled with leaves or small branches, which is what they use to scrub their skin with the smoke from the burning plants. It does work for them, as weird as it can seem.
Cleaning themselves by Himba ladies
They cover themselves with a dense cloth like a towel for a full-body shower, so that the smoke remains trapped, then they add the red ochre on their skin.
This is perhaps one of the factors for the hue of their red eyes. They are often noted for their distinctive hairstyle, usually coloring their hair on their own.
Among other African peoples, the Himba tribe are few who still abide by their ancient practice and lifestyle without adopting the modern world's lifestyle.
They grin at visitors, but anything challenges their values, they frown at something. This is one of the reasons that their ancient civilizations still preserve and abide by them.
Their particular guest counseling
The people of the Himba tribe are also famous for supplying their ladies with well-esteemed guests to spend the night.
This is a tradition that they call "Okujepisa Omakazendu," meaning "Offering guests a wife."
A Himba man would have to sleep in another hut or sleep outside, according to their tradition, while his wife satisfies their guest for the night.
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