Thursday 8 May 2008

Wash day in Lubango

Every day as I drive to the site I pass these women busy doing their washing in a well by the side of the road.

Called M'Huilas, they are traditional to Huila Province, Angola.

I am told that the number of rings around the ankle denote the number of cattle each individual owns. Sadly, friendly as they are, I cannot talk to them for they do not speak Portuguese and I do not speak their tribal language.

The best part, however, was that when I offered to take their picture, rather than rush for bras and T-shirts, they all stuffed a rag on their heads. Only then would they allow me to take the photo.


  1. nice foto.
    Interessante o seu blogue e a experiência!

  2. Obrigado, Anna.

    I have been too busy to post much recently but I will try harder. I like the design of your blog, especially the slide show. I will try to do the same on my blog.

    Best regards


  3. Hi Tom always good to read your blogs...greeting from Argentina.

  4. Hi Leander,

    Thanks for your comment.

    Argentina, a place I would love to visit.

  5. Hi Tom,

    I have always been interested in the different cultures of the world. Thank you for writing this post. It is always nice to stumble upon a fello blogger's blog and learn new things from the side of the world where the blogger lives.

    Let me know if you will be interested to receive a postcard from my country :)

  6. I'm interested in your blog.
    It may be interesting too for other people, such all that friends of angolans.
    So I put a link to it in my blog Bimbe (


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