National Geographic : 1999 Nov
herbs and resin, displaying the rich red color of earth and blood that symbolizes life. For the wedding itself, Kavekaha wore a fresh covering scented with the ground rinds from oranges we presented her. The day before, a lively celebration honored the couple. To the beat of singing and clapping, Verigera led the ondjongo dance, spreading her arms to imitate the horns of a cow (top). Kavekaha's best friend kicked up a little dust with her own energetic dancing (above). Arriving at her husband's home, the bride is instructed on the duties expected by her new family, who show their acceptance by anointing her arms, breasts, and belly with butterfat from the cows of the groom or his father.