Mirror Reflections – Sudan & Russia

8f7ba8582db6b248a038b6821f8c94ceWodaabe woman

Life in Sudan

“Facial scarification” serves both as a means of establishing tribal identity and a way to enhance physical beauty. The curved pattern of cow horns on the forehead of this serene woman indicates that she is from a cattle-herding family and comes from a gentle and more fertile part of Afar country than the harsh Danakil Depression.”

The Gerewol

At the end of the rainy season in September, Wodaabe clans gather in several traditional locations before the beginning of their dry season transhumance migration. The best known of these is In-Gall‘s Cure Salée salt market and Tuareg seasonal festival. Here the young Wodaabe men, with elaborate make-up, feathers and other adornments, perform the Yaake: dances and songs to impress marriageable women. The male beauty ideal of the Wodaabe stresses tallness, white eyes and teeth; the men will often roll their eyes and show their teeth to emphasize these characteristics. Wodaabe clans then join for the rest of the week-long Gerewol: a series of barters over marriage and contests where the young men’s beauty and skills are judged by young women.

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Chuvash womanChuvash Woman

Life in Russia

In the village Sredniye Algashi in Tsilninskiy district, Ulyanovskiy region exists a legend. The Tsar has received a complaint on peasants. They ostensibly did not obey his orders. The Tsar flew into a rage, demanded an explanation. To keep answer the village sent the most beautiful girl, dressed up with bright embroidered dress and ornaments from silver coins. Why don’t you obey the Tsar?!” – was the question. Father-Tsar, we are obedient to our Tsar-Patsha, that is why we carry his reputation on our tender breast”, – was the answer. The Tsar went up to the beauty and saw on her breast big silver coins with his representation. The Tsar was very pleased, kissed the girl in her sweet mouth, seated her at the Tsar’s table and issued an edict: Leave the Chuvashs in peace!” It is said that the girl’s name was Nas’s’a and the Tsar’s one – Peter I

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