Culture March 02, 2018 at 04:02 am

What is that on your face? African tribal marks and their meanings

Farida Dawkins

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

Farida Dawkins March 02, 2018 at 04:02 am

March 02, 2018 at 04:02 am | Culture

Dinka man with tribal markings…photo credit: The List


The Dinka tribe comprises of many ethnic groups and each practice unique religions.  They inhabit the East and West Banks of River Nile, from Mangalla to Renk, regions of Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile and Abyei Area of the Angok Dinka in South Khordofan of Sudan.

Their tribal marks are comprised of several lines carved on the forehead on each side ultimately forming a V shape.  This is done to signify the transition from a boy to a man; if the boy screams or shows signs of being in pain, he is characterized as being weak.


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