Himba Tribe, Opuwo and Spitzkoppe, Namibia, February 18, 2016
The Himba tribe is found in Angola and the northwestern corner of Namibia. They are semi-nomadic pastoralists, raising sheep, cattle and goat for meat and milk. The animal pen is in the middle of the village-
In the hut, women stay on the right side and do all the cooking while men stay on the left. The man sleeps on the 'pillow' (yes it's wooden!) while the woman sleeps on his outstretched arm-
Right of the pillow is the washing machine. Sage is smudged and clothes (animal skins) are put on top to clean them. Once the smoke has wafted through, they are 'clean'. Define clean I say!
To "bath" they hold the burning sage close to their bodies to allow the smoke to waft over them. THEY DO NOT USE WATER - EVER!!
The holy fire is used by the chief to speak to the ancestors who in turn speak to God. It is placed between the animal pen and the huts-
The boys are also circumcised at birth or up to age 6. Girls are not circumcised but wear a couple of braids in their hair-
until womanhood when they add extensions, oil and ochre to color their hair and bodies-
The decoration on the top is made from dried animal hide-
The young teacher had a stick that she used to poke and prod students who were not doing what they should have been. The school rules are posted on the classroom wall-
Leaving the tribe, we headed south through the Namib Desert-
A lot of the land is fenced for cattle but it's hard to say what they eat! The Brandenburg Mountain is the highest in Namibia at 2573 meters. Big deal I say-
More desert and the Spitzkoppe and Pontok Mountains-
We are camping amongst these mountains-
Looking forward to Cape Cross seal reserve and a REAL bed for 3 nights in Swakopmund!