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Girl from the Rashaida ethnic group.

Veiled from the age of five, Rashaida women are required by the law of purdah to cover their faces when they are in public. When they eat, they pass food beneath the mask,and when they sleep they must still remain lightly covered. The mask is only removed when they are alone with their husbands. The Rashaida believe that showing a smile, a sign of happiness, would be disrespectful to the Prophet Mohammed. They also view the mask as an expression of female beauty,and its elaborate style has remained unchanged for more than one hundred and fifty years.

Canon EOS 5D
1/200s f/5.6 at 105.0mm iso800 full exif

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Ali Majdfar05-Dec-2007 09:26
Superb capture, ~V
Suwanee Lennon30-Nov-2007 10:55
The colors of this series are stimulating! Great work with the colors!