Mwila

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Mwila

Mwila people are part of the Nyaneka-Khumbi group and live mainly in south-western Angola in the Huila region. They are known for their impressive vikeka necklaces, made of mud and beads. Girls start wearing the necklaces from the onset of puberty and almost never take them off.

Hairstyles often indicate status within the community.

Hairstyles differ widely from group to group and often indicate status and position within the community. The Mwilas shape their hair like a horn with a mixture of oil and clay, decorated with shells and beads. Wearing an ostrich feather in your hair indicates that you are married.

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