Volume 2

120


Home Page Thumbnails
Previous Page A–Z Next Page


Page 2.120

Creative Commons License

Girl Goatherds of the Bishârîn Race Indian Influence on Malagasy Dress

GIRL GOATHERDS OF THE BISHÂRÎN RACE

INDIAN INFLUENCE ON MALAGASY DRESS

Bishârîn children, who belong to one of the two branches of the Beja Beduins, the other being the Abâbdeh, are usually handsome, with hair either curly or anointed with castor-oil, and closely plaited. They help their elders as goatherds or in other work of the kind, and are often seen hawking beads and other small wares in Assuan This personable young woman belongs to the Antankarana tribe settled in north-west Madagascar. Bother Arabs and Indians have long been established in this region, and their influence on dress and ornament is apparent in this gala costume