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Meet Himba Tribe Of Africa: Where Guests Are Offered Free Sex

Meet Himba Tribe Of Africa: Where Guests Are Offered Free Sex

Africa has a population of over 1.3 billion and more than 3,000 tribes exists in the populous continent, according to TravelNoire.

Although many of these tribes have evolved over the years to adapt to the modern world, many still retain beliefs and traditions that will leave you shocked.

One of such tribes is the Himba people of Northern Namibia and Southern Angola.

These indigenous people have an estimated population of over 50,000 people and their occupation in this area is Hunter-Gathering.

As we get into this article, we’ll discuss things that make the Himba tribe appear shocking to the modern world.

History of the Himba tribe

The Himba tribe consists of the semi-nomadic people of Ovahimba and Ovazimba tribes.

In this tribe, it is customary for the woman to milk cows and forage during the day, while the men go hunting.

Like many ancient tribes, the Himba people are polygamous, with most men marrying more than one wife.

Girls are married off to a befitting suitor selected by their father when they attain the age of puberty.

Despite western influence and agitation, the Himba tribe functions in a “sexist” tradition, where women have little power over decision-making.

However, that’s not the only shocking thing about this tribe. According to the Guardian, men are known to offer their wives as sex offering to visitors.

When other men come visiting, rather than offering just food or drink; the husbands often offer their wives to the guest as Okujepisa Omukazendu.

The wife spends the night with the visitor, having sex while the husband sleeps in another room.

In the absence of another room in the house, the husband will be forced to sleep outside.

The aim of this weird tradition is to foster relationships among men of the tribe and reduce jealousy.

Read also: 5 Unbelievable African Traditions

As if that is not enough, the People of the Himba tribe also abide by a tradition that forbids bathing.

Rather than a bath with water, women take smoke baths and apply aromatic resins on their skin.

The tribe maintains a strong belief that the color red signifies blood, therefore, they apply an otjize paste to their skin which makes it red.

Himba tribe

As modernization continues to increase, people of this tribe have refused to evolve, instead choosing to maintain their ancient traditions.

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