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Woman 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

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haile 25-Oct-2010 19:34
Great work, and humane respect for the people that deserve it.
Yiannis Pavlis26-Feb-2010 21:07
Great portrait work with a strong character.
Manuel Libres Librodo Jr.10-Dec-2007 02:41
Excellent colours. Great capture here. v
mauro 09-Dec-2007 20:59
meraviglioso
Yves Rubin03-Dec-2007 18:51
Superb! Beautiful eyes. V
Enny30-Nov-2007 20:45
gorgeous.
Kelly Clark Moncure29-Nov-2007 22:19
very pretty- great color and gaze-