Wodaabe - Chad
Wodaabe | Gerewol festival, Bossio, Chari-Baguirmi region | Chad, 2016
The glorification of physical beauty, the packaging of love, plays a very significant part in the Wodaabes’ lives. There are two ways of binding a couple in this community: a koobgal is a marriage acknowledged by the families involved, while a teegal is a marriage born only out of love. Unusually, men and women alike are allowed to have multiple partners. Traditionally, the first marriage is a koobgal and all subsequent marriages are teegals. Male preening, flirting, dancing and adorning at the Gerewol is a fundamental part of the polygamous Wodaabe lifestyle.
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