Our Beauty: Mangbetu Women
In our on going series,”Our Beauty,” will introduce a new culture and share their visions of beauty.
Beauty comes in different cultural forms. Interesting enough, this diversity can be be very facinating.
First up, Mangbetu Women in Congo (Democratic Republic). These women
elongate their skulls to mark different status symbols in their culture. Headbindinga and flatting practices started has young as a month after a child was born. This extreme beautification practice was later outlawed by neighboring areas.
This traditional hairstyle hair is weaved through
basket to make a crown.
The hair needles you see in their hair crowns can now be found on display in galleries such as, The Brooklyn Museum.
So there is your Beauty Culture lesson of the day.
What are your thoughts cultural beauty?