Dinka youth, South Sudan, whiten their faces:

Dinka youth from a cattle camp near Akot, South Sudan sing and beat their sticks together in time to the music. Hair died orange with cow urine, the youth have also smeared cow dung ash (the white marks) on their faces, heads, and bodies as a beauty cosmetic. The cow dung ash has dual appeal, also actingas a mosquito repellent at night:

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Mitakuye Oyasin (All Are Related)

From Wikipedia:
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Mitakuye Oyasin (All Are Related) is a phrase from the Lakota language. It reflects the world view of Interconnectedness held by the Lakota people.

The phrase itself, and the underlying belief of interconnectedness with all creation, is a part of many Yankton Sioux prayers,and is found in use among LakotaDakota and Nakota people.

Translations and themes

The phrase translates as “all my relatives,” “we are all related,” or “all my relations.” It is a prayer of oneness and harmony with all forms of life: other people, animals, birds, insects, trees and plants, and even rocks, rivers, mountains and valleys.

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