Culture Somali 

Somali people ancient hair styles culture

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Before the Arab and sub-Indian cultural invasion of Somalia, young bachelors were required to grow their hair. It was a symbol of that status. Likewise girls who were marriage-ready had to grow their hair too. Little kids were forbidden to grow longer than certain amount usually neck. Young boys had to shave their heads and some times only keep the front part. You see these styles a lot on the rest of the Cushitics some whom don’t even border each others. For instance you can find Agews that shave only…

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Burji Culture 

Ancient Textile Making among Burji of Kenya and Southern Ethiopia

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A video of Burji ancient textile making Anything that human beig puts on as an attire is possibly coming from textile product. From the bare lands of northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia Burji community have been growing cotton grows for their local textile industry. The burji community has history of growing of cotton in small scale since time in memorial. Burji textiles are a part of the cultural heritage of its people. The Burji are known to use looms as early as 4000 BC, and wore linen clothing made with…

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Culture Lkunono Rendille Samburu 

WONDER GUM OF AFRICA, ACACIA GUM

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Gum is a party and parcel  of African societies Especially in northern Kenya. Samburu and rendille have been using gum during ceremony and daily life occurrence as a blessing and also to keep away evil spirits Acacia gum has a naturally sticky texture. Materials with this property are often used to reduce irritation and inflammation. The gum has been shown to be especially effective in easing stomach or throat discomfort.   The gum is used for quicker wound healing than the standard treatment. The acacia exudate is used in adhesives, pharmaceuticals,…

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