South Sudan better known for being world’s youngest country has various exciting activities that take place on the beautiful land.
In Sudan there are over 60 tribes each living a unique traditional way of life, that is, different languages, beliefs and traditions among others.
The Mundari tribe is one among the many. Mundari’s live remotely along the White Nile river, north of South Sudan’s capital Juba and are popularly known for their vast herds of cattle.
Their cows represents one’s wealth, social status, dowry and health.
In what that might look bizarre but makes real sense to them is; they do not eat the cows but only depend on them for milk.
The tribesmen suck milk directly from the cows udder and after they are done they take off with cattles to the grazing lands.
To the Mundari’s, their cows mean so much to them. They believe cows connect them with God.
Every morning the cows get massaged with peach-coloured ash to keep flies and insects away.
The Cow dung is collected mainly by children who pile them high into heaps for burning.
After they are burnt and dried, the herdsmen would then smear on their skins. They believe the cow dung ash is a mosquito repellent and an antiseptic and offers protection to the skin from the scorching sun.
Now, interestingly, with or without water they prefer showering with the cows urine.
They squat under a stream of cows urine and wash their bodies.
Mundari’s believe that washing their bodies with cow’s urine protects them from various infections.
In a closer look, Men’s hair are orange in colour. But how do they do it?
They first wash the hair with the cow’s urine and proceeds to an expert who takes over the process.
The expert will then use the peach-coloured ash and apply it to the hair and scrub in circular manner making coils.
The main reason they tint their hairs orange is to become more attractive to ladies.
Apart from all that, during their free time, they love playing music and wrestling.
The Mundari People have distinctive V scars on their forehead and are among the tallest individuals in the world.
Their cows horns as reported can stretch up to 8 feets and the biggest bulls get adined by the tribe with tassels.
A single cow or bull from the Mundari People is worth KSh 50,000 or more. The tribe treat their cattle like members of the family.
The area is ideal for cattle production due to the clay-like soil which retains water.
Mundari People always distance themselves from wars. They revealed that their guns are only for protecting their land and not to kill.
They said their main motive is to take care and protect their cattles at all costs.
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