THE BEAUTIFUL DINKA FROM SOUTH SUDAN

Found this beautiful piece and had to share it. It was a pictorial blog of the Dinka people from South Sudan Africa. What strikes me is how relaxed ans comfortable these people are in their own skin. It took me back to the time 200 years ago when Europeans came and saw Africans from Africa and the Taino people from Jamaica and disrupted their life with false claim of civilization and education.

Have you ever stopped and wondered what kind of a world we would have if history played out differently? How very different the world would have been. Enjoy the images and enjoy the life of the Dinka people.

From Tekey

The Dinka are a Nilotic ethnic group from South Sudan. They live from the tenth century on both sides of the Nile River and speak a language belonging to the Nilo-Saharan group. They are about three million and are divided into about 21 groups, each with its own legitimate leader.

Although farming has always been its main economic resource, there has never missed an important agricultural and fishing activity that allowed them to be self-sufficient in food. Their trade and light industry are increasingly gaining importance.

Photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have an experience of over 30 years recording ceremonies, rituals and daily life of African tribal peoples. His photographs reflect a long and deep relationship of respect for the customs and people of these tribes, especially those of the Dinka:

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dinka women remove their clothing before entering the river, revealing their beaded jewelery.their belts and bracelets have been worn since puberty, while the necklaces were given by their husbands at the time of marriage.

dinka women remove their clothing before entering the river, revealing their beaded jewelery.their belts and bracelets have been worn since puberty, while the necklaces were given by their husbands at the time of marriage.

Young Dinka boys enjoy playing in the water after fishing. occasionally during the spearing of fish, monitor lizards or even pythons may be accidentally caught.

Young Dinka boys enjoy playing in the water after fishing. occasionally during the spearing of fish, monitor lizards or even pythons may be accidentally caught.

A young woman abandons herself to the pleasure of dancing. she wears the highly valued blue beads given to her as a present by her husband at their marriage.

A young woman abandons herself to the pleasure of dancing. she wears the highly valued blue beads given to her as a present by her husband at their marriage.

At the end of the dry season when pastures are scarce, the dinka return with their cattle to their village homesteads on higher ground.women carry all of their possessions balanced on their heads, while men drive the herds.

At the end of the dry season when pastures are scarce, the dinka return with their cattle to their village homesteads on higher ground.women carry all of their possessions balanced on their heads, while men drive the herds.

Courtship begins for dinka men at 20 years old, and for girls at 17. a man, however, may not marry until he is 30 years old, as he must raise the sufficient number of cattle to pay the bride price.

Courtship begins for dinka men at 20 years old, and for girls at 17. a man, however, may not marry until he is 30 years old, as he must raise the sufficient number of cattle to pay the bride price.

At 17 to 18 years a girl is ready for marriage, and is fattened up by her family to look attractive.a beaded bodice veils and subtly enhances her femininity. a valued gift from her mother, the bodice is passed on to her younger sister after marriage.

At 17 to 18 years a girl is ready for marriage, and is fattened up by her family to look attractive.a beaded bodice veils and subtly enhances her femininity. a valued gift from her mother, the bodice is passed on to her younger sister after marriage.

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Traditionally Dinka not wear many clothes, so it is normal for a grown man to go completely naked except for collars around the neck. Women usually wear only a goatskin from the waist. Increasingly, young women are likely to adapt the dress forms from neighboring towns, and men, the long robes worn in the north. They care a lot, especially men, about body ornamentation. They usually remove some teeth by a purely cosmetic issue. Men who are pastoralists, use cow dung ash to ward off mosquitoes. It is easy to see men, especially among young people, with dyed red hair, for what they use cow urine, while women shave their head and eyebrows, leaving only a tuft of hair above her head.

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