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Children in the sunset, Kara tribe, Omo River Valley, Ethiopia
Kara tribe people watching the river, Omo River Valley, Ethiopia
Tanti auguri
...wilted flowers
Majestic Columns
Odd-berried-plant
Up, Up In The Air!
Cabanas
A child's joy
LITTLE HARBOR IN NUSSFJORD
BONDA LADY
Dreams
Mother with child, Turmi, Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Is the Pope?
In her eyes
Forster Grabbing a Fly Larvae
Tranquil sea
Turmi Weekly market, Hamer tribe people, Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Snail on Lavender
...longing gaze
Free Souls
Quiet town Lincoln
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BONDA LADY

The Bonda (also known as the Bondo, Bondo Poraja, Bhonda, or Remo) are an ancient tribe of people numbering approximately 12,000 (2011 census) who live in the isolated hill regions of the Malkangiri district of southwestern Odisha, India, near the junction of the three states of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Andhra Pradesh The Bonda are generally semi-clothed, the women wear thick silver neck bands. The Bonda attire is explained in a legend relating to the Ramayana. According to it, some Bonda women chanced upon Sita who was bathing at a pond in the Bonda hills and, seeing her naked, they sniggered. Enraged, Sita cursed them to a life where they would be condemned to remaining naked and having their heads shaven. When the Bonda women pleaded forgiveness, Sita gave them a piece of cloth she tore off her sari. This explains, according to the legend, why Bonda women have shorn heads and wear only a ringa, a length of cloth that covers the waist. Their torsos are covered in strings of colourful beads. Bonda women also wear metal rings that cover their necks and bangles on their arms.

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