Karo Woman with Beaded Necklaces

Appropriately named, this young Karo woman is known as Mirja, which means “long-necked gazelle.” in addition to her lithe and beautiful looks, her scarified stomach is designed to be irresistibly sensual to a man’s touch. Continue reading

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Four Surma Men, Ethiopia

As pleasurable as the application of body paint is for Surma men, nothing compares with the pride they feel as they display their new look before an audience of female admirers. Continue reading

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Surma Men with Painted Backs, Ethiopia

Having been carefully painted by his best friend, a surma man can feel confident that he looks just as good from the back as he does from the front. Continue reading

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Karo Woman with Necklaces, Ethiopia

A Karo woman of southwest Ethiopia spends hours perfecting her clay-ball hairstyle, pigment face-paint, and layers of glass and wild banana seed necklaces, all of which make her attractive to the opposite sex. Continue reading

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Karo Man with Ocher Painted Face, Ethiopia

Many hours of grooming and face painting are carried out to transform a Karo man for courtship. His hair is covered with clay and carefully molded into two buns. into these buns, macramé knots are inserted which will hold ostrich … Continue reading Continue reading

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Karo Woman Wearing Cowrie Shell Necklace, Ethiopia

Highly-spirited Karo couples perform a rhythmic, pulsating courtship dance. thrusting their hips against each another, they quickly become consumed by the dance’s seductive nature. Young women, at this important period of life, wear cowrie shell necklaces to reveal fertility. Continue reading

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Maasai Girl, Kenya, Ethiopia

Wearing a blue robe, the beaded head band and white facial decorations show thaat she has been circumcised. She must not be seen by men during her 3 months of recovery Continue reading

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Painted Chest of Karo Man, Ethiopia

While decorating his body, a Karo man focuses on his chest to emphasize virility and strength. His beaded necklace has been carefully placed to enhance his chest design of spots and lines. Continue reading

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Voodoo Priest at Seko Healing Shrine, Togo

Voodoo Priest channels the power of a deity at the Voodoo healing hospital in Seko, Togo Continue reading

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Female Fetish Figure in Voodoo Healing Shrine

Female deity figure “GABARA” at the Voodoo healing hospital in Seko is consulted by lovesick women patients. The cigarette is a frequent offering. Continue reading

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