Dinka Woman Wearing Corset, South Sudan

Some Dinka women from wealthy families also wear beaded corsets. The height of the corset in this photograph indicates the girl’s parents require over 80 head of cattle in exchange for her hand in marriage. Continue reading

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Dinka Woman with Corset Carrying Calabash, South Sudan

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 … Continue reading Continue reading

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Dinka Woman in Corset, South Sudan

Dry season cattle camps provide an opportunity for young men and women to meet in total freedom. Sexual matters are discussed openly, though behavior is quite innocent. A young woman’s corset is supported by two rigid wires running down the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Dinka Warrior With Spear, South Sudan

The size and beauty of a Dinka man’s corset reflects whether he comes from a family rich in cattle and can afford a high bride price. Continue reading

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Dinka Men in Beaded Corsets, South Sudan

Dinka men from South Sudan often walk through the cattle camps hand in hand. This physical touching celebrates their close bonds as age-mates. Their traditional corsets are color coded to show their status in life: a red corset indicates a … Continue reading Continue reading

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Silhouette of Dinka Man with Horns, South Sudan

The Dinka believe that originally their cattle contrived to be caught and domesticated, in order that the Dinka would become dependent on them, the Dinka then became obliged to honor their needs, and even to die for them. Continue reading

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Dinka Cattle Camp at Sunset, South Sudan

The Dinka cattle camp at sunset in South Sudan, one of the few still existing camps of up to 2,400 head of cattle, transports one into a lifestyle of harmony and connectedness, an inseparable bonding between nature, animals and man. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Dinka Child Imitating Horns of a Favorite Bull, South Sudan

At an early age, Dinka children enjoy imitating their favorite cow’s horns with their arms, in anticipation of receiving a namesake ox during initiation at puberty. Continue reading

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Dinka Herder in Purple Robe, South Sudan

Every morning hundreds of animals are taken out to graze. white is the Dinka’s favorite color for cattle, but they recognize a myriad of other colors with subtle distinctions and spend hours discussing them. Continue reading

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Dinka Boy with Long Horned Bull, South Sudan

A Dinka boy from South Sudan lavishes endless care and affection on his animals which he considers part of the family. He is named after his favored ox, his Namesake Ox, in the hope he will mature with the same … Continue reading Continue reading

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