Dinka Boy Perched on a Branch, South Sudan

Dinka children enjoy leisure time in the middle of the day after the animals have been taken away to graze. 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 Children in Cattle Camp, South Sudan

At an early age young Dinka boys and girls tend the herds and perform menial tasks around the camp, their duties start early morning and end when the sun goes down. 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 Man Imitating Horns, South Sudan

At puberty a Dinka male receives a namesake ox after which he is named. He believes that he and the animal are one being. He trains the ox’s horns from calf-hood into beautiful lyre shapes, and emulates these shapes with … Continue reading 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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Dinka Boy with Namesake Ox, South Sudan

In the evenings, young boys tend the calves and tether them around the fires which fill the camp with smoke that helps keep the mosquitoes away.   Continue reading

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