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Wodaabe, Niger Photograph by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher Wearing their most potent talismans to enhance their charm, cousins vie for the heart of smiling Mobobo.

Asase Yaa - the Akan people of West Africa regard Asase Yaa as Mother Earth, goddess of fertility and upholder of truth.  To prove credibility they touch their lips to the soil...Thursday is Asase's day.

Top 10 Earth Goddesses

Asase Yaa - the Akan people of West Africa regard Asase Yaa as Mother Earth, goddess of fertility and upholder of truth. To prove credibility they touch their lips to the soil.

Kalash, the pagan tribes of Hindu Kush

Kalash, the pagan tribes of Hindu Kush

India | Mewang, Ang of Chi. Wearing a brass-head chest ornament, a decorated hat with wild boar tusks, a hairpin and earplugs. Around his arms he wears ivory armlets. Wakching, Nagaland, Mon District. 1936. | ©SOAS, Nicholas Haimendorf

India | Mewang, Ang of Chi. Wearing a brass-head chest ornament, a decorated hat with wild boar tusks, a hairpin and earplugs. Around his arms he wears ivory armlets. Wakching, Nagaland, Mon District. 1936. | ©SOAS, Nicholas Haimendorf

Africa | "A Heratine woman, southern Morocco". The oases dotted along the northern edge of the Sahara are inhabited by Berber nomads and Haratine. The Haratine, although they lead a tough, rural life cultivating the oasis garden, have retained their preoccupation with jewellery and the women are never seen unadorned. Their ornaments of bold designs incorporating glass beads and coins of low silver content, are worn for both beauty and protection. | ©Angela Fisher, Africa Adorned, 1984

A Heratine woman adorned with silver jewellery, southern Morocco on JSTOR

Different life: Not all Yemeni women live restricted lives. In Jebel Saber in Taiz, close to Aden, women have similar powers to men

The women on Yemen's front line

The photos, which were taken in Yemeni capital Sa'naa (right), Shaharah (top and bottom left) and Taiz, show some of the women and girls currently facing Houthi militias and Saudi air strikes.

"Danseuses des Ouled Nail" ~ Tunisia & Algeria collection of coloured postcards by Lehnert & Landrock | ca. early 1900s

"Danseuses des Ouled Nail" ~ Tunisia & Algeria collection of coloured postcards by Lehnert & Landrock

Berber Wedding Morocco  Women Only : in the the days leading up to her wedding, Aicha sat in her parents' home and prepared for her nuptials. Among the Ida ou Zeddout, this involved the bride's seclusion from men, restriction to her home, avoidance of the sun, and finally a steam bath where female relatives and friends would ritually cleanse her and apply purifying henna to her hair, hands and feet for protection during the liminal passage from virginity to womanhood.

A beautiful young bride at Imilchil Marriage Festival

Kotia tribe is chiefly found in the tribal areas of Visakhapatnam district of A.P., adjoining Orissa and their population as per 1991 census is 41,591 and their total literacy rate was 17.83.  Four types of acquiring mates are in vogue in this community. They are marriage by negotiations, marriage by mutual love and elopement, marriage by capture and marriage by service). Both levirate and sororate are socially accepted. Divorce is permitted. Widow or widower re-marriages are permissible.

Kotia tribe is chiefly found in the tribal areas of Visakhapatnam district of A.P., adjoining Orissa and their population as per 1991 census is 41,591 and their total literacy rate was 17.83. Four types of acquiring mates are in vogue in this community. They are marriage by negotiations, marriage by mutual love and elopement, marriage by capture and marriage by service). Both levirate and sororate are socially accepted. Divorce is permitted. Widow or widower re-marriages are permissible.

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