The lives of the most “beautiful” men from the Fulani tribe

Fulani men, a contestant in the beauty pageant.

Throughout the male beauty contest, young men line up in a row, gently and gracefully swaying their hips. To further emphasize their irresistible beauty, they roll their eyes and bare their teeth, demonstrating to all present their striking whiteness.

But dyeing and wiggling the pelvis is not all. There is also a test of physical endurance, in which the candidate must choose a “hounder” who will whip him. Robert Brain says on this subject: “When a young man is whipped in the ribs painted with ochre, he must show his courage, and therefore his sexuality, calmly, without dodging, enduring the torture. At the same time, the guy can either calmly put his hands on his head or go through the beads of the necklace, indifferently looking at his painted face in the mirror. Flogging leaves scars on the body, and for life, like layers of flesh, which are considered to be a man’s ornament.”

The display of beauty and courage is watched attentively by the young girls who arrive here, while the older women laugh at those they consider not beautiful enough. The girl makes her choice, and the lucky man follows her, usually becoming her husband.

The Fulani tribe values male beauty so much that from the moment a boy is born, his mother makes frantic efforts to make him an irresistible man – a handsome man. She presses his head to achieve the perfect spherical shape. Since in the tribe a long, straight nose is considered an indispensable attribute of male beauty, she tries to give it the desired shape with soft strokes or light stretching. The mother may even try to stretch the infant’s body in the hope that it will grow more and become taller. Although, of course, all these tricks lead to nothing, they nevertheless show us what techniques a caring mother uses to make her son a handsome man.

Giraffe Men

Women in Padaung (Burma) are famous for their unusual body adornments. They wear bronze rings around their necks, stretching it to a length of thirty-eight centimeters. Not surprisingly, such women are called “long-necked,” or “giraffe-necked women.

The Giraffe Neck Woman of the Padawng Tribe (Burma)

When a girl turns ten, she is given five bronze rings to wear around her neck. In order to make the procedure of wearing the rings less painful, the girl has to devote many hours to special manipulation and massage. She endures everything, for she is sure that the more rings she has on her neck, the more attractive she is. An adult woman may have as many as twenty or more rings around her neck. They make her constantly lift her chin up, and as a result her voice changes. If a woman broke her marital fidelity, the custom was to remove all her rings as punishment. It was thought that the “naked” neck would not bear the weight of the head and would break. We know that this is not true. Many women, after accepting Christianity, took off their rings, and it had no painful effect.

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Such rings are mainly used to elongate the neck. But they can also be used as arm and leg jewelry. Rings can reach up to 0.8 centimeters in thickness, and therefore they are quite heavy. In those distant days when a woman’s body was adorned with many such rings, she had to pay a rather expensive price for her beauty. “Trinkets” weighed sometimes thirty kilograms.

No one can say for sure where such a claim came from. According to one myth, in the olden days, the people of Padaung angered the spirits,

and the spirits sent tigers to punish them. As a result of the invasion of wild beasts a lot of women died and there was even a danger that none of them would survive and as a result the line would be terminated. However, a solution was found. Every woman had to protect herself from the tiger’s attack with bronze armor. Even if the beast attacked her, it would not be able to bite her throat because of the strong bronze rings around her neck.

Wearing rings on the body as jewelry is a common phenomenon in other parts of the world as well. For example, the Makolo women in Malawi wear unusual plates in their upper lip. They are called “pele-les.” As a result of wearing it, the lip is pulled back so much that the facial expression becomes strange. During his famous expedition to Africa, Dr. Livingston once asked why. The chief of the tribe answered him that it was for beauty: “Women have no other beautiful ornaments. A man wears a beard, and a woman does not grow a beard. But what would she be without a ‘pelele’? What kind of woman is she then?”

One of the most unusual plates is worn in the lip of a woman in southern Chad. Although they too are now used to make women more attractive, in the past such adornment had quite the opposite purpose. It is said that in the days of the slave trade, local women wore large discs in their lips to make them look as ugly as possible and thus discourage the slave traders from taking advantage of them.

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Genital Case

Unusual modesty is preached by the Danish Indians. The natives generally walk around naked, covering only their penis, which is permanently concealed in a special case, although the testicles nevertheless remain in view. This peculiar decoration is held upright by a rope tied to the man’s torso. The cases vary in size and shape and are usually made from a gourd. Sometimes the owner’s favorite case is twisted on top, which gives it more chic. Often men decorate their dick cases with a piece of cloth with tufts of fur. Here is what Philip Diol wrote on this subject in 1976: “Wamena, which cannot even be called a village, nevertheless offers the traveler a unique spectacle, which cannot be seen even in the largest cultural centers of the world. Everywhere around the airplane landing pad, near the only store here, under sprawling trees, stand groups of naked men with only one outfit in the form of a penis case. These cases are usually golden yellow, of various sizes and shapes. Some are straight, some are twisted, and some are spiral shaped. Some were so long that they touched the beard of the wearer, and were held in place with no-J power of a ribbon attached to the belt.”

Penis case of a man of the Dany tribe in Irian Jaya, New Guinea

This peculiar custom still exists today, although the cases are now much shorter than before. Some tribesmen have perfected the customary cases by using various objects for this purpose, such as empty beverage cans or toothpaste tubes.

It is said that even those of them who are wearing pants, still do not part with the ancient tradition, and under their clothes they have small cases for the penis.

In the past male penis cases were also very popular in Vanuatu. In some areas the cases were made from leaves or bark, in others it took more than one meter of cotton cloth to make one case. Some men preferred to use hollow horns, nuts or even shells as penis cases. Sometimes they were decorated with colors or animal tails.

Although some Western travelers tend to regard penis cases as visual evidence characteristic of the most primitive societies on earth. Similar customs, it must be said, existed in Europe as well. According to the fashion of the time, every elegant man was in the habit of placing his scrotum in a special pouch strapped to his tight-fitting pants. Some of these pouches, which were called “codpieces,” had all the properties of a case. They were densely stuffed with something, decorated with embroidery or bows, and often resembled the shape of a penis in a state of erection. Sometimes the “codpieces” were so spacious that a man could keep sweets, oranges, or even a spoon in them. This custom was widespread in Europe in the sixteenth century, and in some areas it lasted until the seventeenth century.

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How do the Fulani live – people who consider themselves the most beautiful people on the planet

Imagine a huge bright red sun setting over the horizon. It is still quite hot, but after a long walk across an almost deserted area, you are already getting ready for bed. A pleasant fatigue pours into your muscles, and you smile, because tomorrow the most beautiful men will dance all day long just for you. This is how the Fulani, or Fulbe, the largest nomadic people on the planet live. And members of one of its people consider themselves the most beautiful people in the world.

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One of the Fulani people, the Wodabe, has an annual Gerevol festival. It is so colorful and unusual that tourists from all over the world come to see it. In fact, Gerevol is a male beauty contest. Young men wear colorful clothes and carefully choose jewelry to go with them. The final touch is a beautiful feather on the head.

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At the festival, young men dance and sing to please the girls. Those of them who meet the local standards of beauty: tall, white-toothed and white-eyed have a better chance. By the way, this is why men often have to roll their eyes and show their teeth.

The most beautiful – I don’t know, but many are quite beautiful, especially children: big eyes, small nose, chubby lips. Not like most African monkeys.

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Endurance is also important, which is why men have to dance in the heat for hours to get the attention of beauties.

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It is because of the Gerevol Festival that the Fulani consider themselves the most beautiful people on the planet. Vodabe believe in the transmigration of souls and worship beauty. Before Gerevol, men spend long hours preparing for the celebration and strive to make everything perfect. That’s why the waterabe have even earned the nickname of the most vain tribe on the planet.

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The Fulani don’t have any generally accepted standard of traditional costume. Their way of dressing depends on the region they come from. For example, the waterabe living in Niger and Cameroon wear long flowing embroidered or embellished robes that are very colorful and eye-catching.

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Pastoralism is the main occupation of the nomadic Fulani. The men are usually with the herds, and they most often work in the fields. Women are responsible for the household.

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Cattle are extremely important. For example, during the wedding ceremony, the father of the bride gives one of his herds to the groom as a sign of legalizing the marriage. After that, there may be another ceremony, called a Kabbalah, and neither the bride nor the groom must attend.

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There are even weddings that take place by arrangement between families when the newlyweds themselves have just been born. The babies are announced as promised to each other, and they actually get married when they reach puberty.

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A man is allowed to have 4 wives. A family usually consists of a man, his wives and their children. And everyone gets along just fine together. The picture below is of one man’s wives and children. This is a rich family as they have several thousand cows and a fortune of almost $0.5 million.

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In the Wodaabe people, at marriage, each bride brings cattle to her husband’s family. The more the better. These cattle are not only a dowry, but also a guarantee that the woman will be able to survive if there are problems in the marriage and she wants to leave the man. Animals are essentially capital, because they give milk and in a pinch they can be sold or traded for something.

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Fulani’s believe that a marriage should produce many children. They usually marry young and have no control over fertility in any way.

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We have tribes like that too….

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The waterabe parents are not allowed to speak directly to their two first-born children, who are often taken care of by their grandparents. In daylight, husband and wife cannot hold hands or talk to each other about personal topics.

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It is up to women to take care of their children. Fathers tend not to do that at all. When girls get older, they help their mothers look after their younger siblings. A common game among very young girls is to carry dolls on their backs. And as soon as the little girl gets older, the doll is replaced by her little brother.

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Young children are treated very gently and are rarely obedient. Adults try to shield little ones from any emotional turmoil. The roles of teachers are also played by women. They are believed to be more patient than men and are always willing to understand and sympathize.

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Girls are taught from an early age to be beautiful. At the age of 2-3, little girls already have their ears pierced, with usually 6 holes in the right ear and 6 in the left ear. Almost as soon as the girl learns to walk well, she is placed in the middle of the circle of dancing women, who begin to teach her to dance and are sure to praise her efforts.

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The transition into adulthood is smooth. Around the age of 5, girls are taught the rules of the moral code. They are taught that a woman cannot face her fianc√©. She must show respect for her elders and must not say a word about her future husband’s parents.

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Technically Muslims, waterbehave preserved the customs and rituals of the pagan past. Young people enjoy complete sexual freedom. A young man can wink at a girl he likes. If she does not turn away, the young man presses the corner of his mouth, indicating the direction where he will wait for the girl in the bushes. You can also tickle the girl’s palm instead of winking. There is no problem with divorce either, but if the wife leaves her husband, she must leave him the children and reimburse him for part of his marriage expenses. It is not uncommon for a wife to be “kidnapped” by arrangement with her. Here, as with the kidnapping of a girl, the lovers should slaughter a sheep and share a meal together before they are found. In some cases, the husband allows or even encourages his wife’s adultery. Thus a hospitable host lends his wives “on loan” to a visiting brother or nephew. Wodabe are obsessed with beauty, and if the husband is not handsome, he may allow his wife to sleep with a handsome man so that she will conceive a handsome child. There are also prohibitions, so the bride must not sleep with the groom until he has delivered the cows promised at marriage to her parents. During the day the husband keeps aloof from his wife: he does not call her by name or affectionate nickname and never holds her hand. The waterbodies have sex without taking their clothes off.

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