Selasa, Disember 13, 2011

Himba Woman, Namibia

Photo: A Himba woman anointing herself with the smoke of aromatic herbs

The Himba women of northern Namibia perform daily rituals in which they anoint themselves with a mixture of ochre, oil, and ash to protect themselves from the harsh desert climate. They never take a shower, but rather burn aromatic herbs in a pot each morning with which they smoke themselves as if applying perfume.

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