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Head of Himba Homestead, Namibia | Damaraland and Kaokoland - Namibia (IMG_4115.jpg)

Head of Himba Homestead, Namibia

Members of a single extended family typically dwell in a homestead (onganda), a small family-village, consisting of a circular hamlet of huts and work shelters that surround an okuruwo (sacred ancestral fire) and a kraal for the sacred livestock. Both the fire and the livestock are closely tied to their veneration of the dead, the sacred fire representing ancestral protection and the sacred livestock allowing "proper relations between human and ancestor".
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