Toposa villages: "From Kapoeta it is possible to visit the Toposa villages and, if you are interested either in anthropology or the developments of the Second Civil War, it is highly recommended that you do so. Look out for the round, thatched huts, vibrantly coloured textiles and beautiful strings of beads." South Sudan: The Bradt Guide www.bradtguides.com
The Dinka woman wearing a corset. Modernity and foreign ideas have permeated Dinka culture and are slowly replacing their traditions and customs. They have adopted either jellabia or European dress and now nudity and wearing of skins are rare sight even in the cattle camps.
Scarification has been widely used by many West African tribes to mark milestone stages in both men and women's lives, such as puberty and marriage. It is also used to transmit complex messages about identity; such permanent body markings may emphasize fixed social, political, and religious roles. Photograph: Jack Picone. www.jackpicone.com
Dinka Men in Beaded Corsets, South Sudan - Dinka men from South Sudan often walk through the cattle camps hand in hand. This physical touching celebrates their close bonds as age-mates. Their traditional corsets are color coded to show their status in life: a red corset indicates a young man 15 to 25 years old, while a yellow one shows he is over 30 years old and ready for marriage. 1979