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The Himba of Namibia 

The Himba are an ethnic group living in northern Namibia. They are mostly a semi-nomadic, pastoral people. 

The women are famous for covering themselves with otjize, a mixture of butter fat and ochre, possibly to protect themselves from the sun. The mixture gives their skins a reddish tinge. This symbolizes earth’s rich red color and the blood that symbolizes life, and is consistent with the Himba ideal of beautyWomen braid each other’s hair that they extend with plastic hair that they usually have to purchase, and cover it except the ends, in their ochre mixture.

(source: Wikipedia and african-tribes.org)

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