22 September 2008

Soft Haired Child

The Rendille may look a bit like the famous Masai with red cloths and tall thin frames but the reality is that everything else about them is different. The Masai are 'nilotic' in linguistic classification and the Rendille are 'cushitic'. The Rendilles closest language family is Somali and they resemble them closely in culture, looks (note the loose wavy hair and fine features of the girl pictured here), and sound. To the untrained ear Rendille sounds more arabic than african.
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