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A Himba woman anointing herself with the smoke of aromatic herbs
December 13, 2011

Himba Woman, Namibia

This Month in Photo of the Day: 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest Images The Himba women of northern Namibia perform daily rituals in which they anoint themselves with a mixture of ochre, oil, and ash to protect themselves from the harsh desert climate. They never take a shower, but rather burn aromatic herbs in a pot each morning with which they smoke themselves as if applying perfume. (This photo and caption were submitted to the 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest.) See all contest entries » Get tips for photographing people in their element » See more pictures of Namibia »
Photograph by Dominique Brand

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