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Africa | Mbalantu women entering the ohango initiation ceremony; just before the ceremony their long sinew strands were converted into 2 or 4 thick plaits, known as eembuvi. Sometimes small ornaments, which were adorned with white porcelain beads, were attached above the forehead at the base of the plaits. | The Mbalantu live in the extreme northern parts of the Omusati Region and part of their tribal area extends into southern Angola. | Photo: CHL Hahn, Collection Antje Otto

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August 10, 1997: Diana, Princess of Wales meets children in an area of Sarajevo where this morning she met more land mine victims during her two day visit to Bosnia. Picture by Stefan Rousseau/PA.

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Two schoolchildren in California are suspected of having leprosy, but where might they have caught the disease? In addition, a sizable number of the people who have Hansen's disease in the United States (about 60 percent) were born in another country, Adalja said, and so it's possible they contracted the disease in another country, but this is not certain. Countries with more widespread leprosy transmission include Angola, Brazil, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo…

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Jan 28, 2010 – A woman carries books for sale in Luanda, Angola. © Rafael MARCHANTE (Photographer. Lisboa, Portugal) via Reuters. View "The day in photos" slide-show at link to see original image. ... KEEP attribution & links when repinning or posting to other social media (ie blogs, twitter, tumblr etc). Don't pin the art & erase the artist. Give credit where due. See: http://pinterest.com/picturebooklove/how-to-pin-responsibly/ -pfb

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Gullah Home with Haint Blue Shutters Daufuskie Island South Carolina "Known as the Gullah or Geechee people the original Haint Blue creators were descendants of African slaves who worked on rice plantations in South Carolina and Georgia. Many of their ancestors came from Angola which may be where the name Gullah originated. Haints or haunts are spirits trapped between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Legend says these angry spirits cannot cross water. The safest place would…

“Tundavala Chasm Situated on the southern plain at a height of 2,225 meters with an impressive decline, this is one of the most spectacular sights of the Mumuilas with natural stone arenas and splendid belvedere from where the village of Bibala (ex. Vila Arriaga) can be seen. Huíla - ANGOLA”

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Mukubal Kid Doing High Jumping, Angola Mucubal people are a subgroup of the Herero ethnic group, which means they are bantu speaking, and are supposed to have come from Kenya and to be related with Massais. They are semi nomadic pastoralists living of cattle raising and agriculture. They live in a large area between the slopes of Chela Mounts in the north, and River Cunene to the south, where they are believed to have stopped during the Herero migration, about 300 years ago. Mucubal…

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Dusky Twinspot (Tasso Leventis) - this localized and beautiful finch is common at Mount Moco where the highlands of Angola are home to a few isolated pockets of montane forest.

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Crested Barbet. The extended twitter of treee treeetee teeeeetree announces the presence of this fruit eating visitor to the tree canopy of the savanna woodlands, riverine forests and now suburbia. Crested Barbet is not resident in sub tropical Durban, but every Jauary one passes through a Park near where I live and I delight in hearing him call for days before he pushes of on the rest his journey

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