The Hausa- Fulani people are on of the largest ethnic groups in Nigeria, a country with over 300 ethnic groups. The group is a fusion of the Hausa and Fulani people, whose cultures have become intertwined.
In Ethiopia, the Hamar tribe’s coming of age ceremony for boys involves livestock, potential ridicule and lifelong consequences.
When a boy feels he his ready to be a man he will begin preparations for the ceremonial ritual of jumping across the back of six bulls naked. Hundreds of tribes people gather from villages far away to attend, sing, chant and dance (and get drunk)
If successful he will be eligible to marry and begin the life of man. But if he falls the onlookers will ridicule him leaving him to wonder what it’s going to take to be a man.
The things we do in the modern western world to be a “man” are much more universal and similar than one might think. From a travellers perspective the tribes seemingly live primitive lives, but men all over the world can agree on one thing. There’s no room for self pity as only boys cry. - Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Chin State, in north-western Myanmar, is an incredibly mountainous region, with an average elevation of 5000 - 8000 feet. Its highest peak is Mt Victoria, which rises to 10,017 feet. The Chin people often do not have middle, or last names, but one name which may reflect the achievements of their grandparents, or the grandparents wishes for the childs future. The naming of children in this region is of great importance.
The Kalam people create elaborate head-dresses using feathers from birds such as cockatoos, parrots, lorikeets and bird of paradise. They live in remote areas high in the mountains of New Guinea, their villages only accessible by prop plane. There are no roads in or out.
The Himba people are the indigenous people of Northern Namibia, also residing in parts of Angola, particularly along the Kunene River. They are a semi-nomadic and pastoral community. Himba women take on many roles in their community, everything from creating handicrafts and minding children, to building homes from mud bricks.
In the Himba community, hairstyle is used to symbolise social status. Men often have a single plait that extends towards the rear of their head. Women have vertical plaits. Variations of these styles can denote details such as whether a tribe member is married.
in the crescendo of summer my body lacks enough pores to lose the heat to lose the thought of you in the heat and the world looks like a projector screen and all I see are phantoms of you laughing in the sun in conversation with other beautiful women coming to the climax of summer with you in their long-lashed eyes