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African Wodaabe man. Passionate wildman. Imagine. Wodaabe man in Niger. Body paint. Postcard.

African Wodaabe man. Passionate wildman. Imagine. Wodaabe man in Niger.

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A postcard of a Wodaabe (Peul Bororo) man in Niger wearing a costume and body paint for the Geerewol festival. The Wodaabe are traditionally nomadic cattle-herders and traders in the Sahel, who migrate through southern Niger, northern Nigeria, northeastern Cameroon, and the western part of the Central African Republic.

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 remainder 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.

The postcard is published in Germany.

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