The Top Five Indigenous Cultures to Visit
Admittedly, there are few of us who would turn down a luxurious sojourn filled with swanky hotel suites, glamorous restaurants and extravagant shopping sprees – but here at dealchecker we like to find out what lies beneath the sometimes glossy veneer of the places we visit! Visiting the indigenous peoples of a country can be a fantastic way to get to know the cultural and historical soul of your chosen destination, so we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 indigenous cultures for your travelling pleasure…Now go forth and wander!
1. Geisha Culture, Japan
Whilst in some ways now a crumbling remnant of Japan’s mysterious past, the Geisha profession can still be observed from time to time in Japanese culture, and is fascinating viewed from a westernised perspective. To experience authentic Geisha culture first hand, a visit to the Gion district of Kyoto is recommended. Kyoto is a fascinating city that has much to offer besides its enigmatic history, so it’s definitely worth a visit!
source: Asia Travelling
2. Aboriginal Communities, Australia
In the past decade the Aborigines or Indigenous Australians have found a degree of fame for their artistic output and other such cultural contributions, but they have suffered inordinately with a long and persecuted past. The memory of a difficult past has meant that whilst there are small aboriginal communities in the major Australian cities, most still reside in the vast and remote Outback – which is of course open to visitors…but don’t get lost!
3. Asaro Mud Men, Papua New Guinea
The Asaro Mud Men are one of around a hundred different tribes in Papua New Guinea, and are recognised by their intimidating war costume, the centerpiece of which is a large mud mask with strange, eerie facial features. The tribe have various traditional rituals based on the preservation of honour. An experienced guide is recommended should you choose to visit this tribe; he or she will be able to advise you on how best to show consideration for the rules and traditions the tribe uphold.
source: Everywhere Mag
4. Himba people, Namibia
The Himba people of North Africa are notorious for their wide range of skills and ability to survive in even the harshest of conditions. Primarily, they herd cattle and are distinctive for the ochre they put on their skin. Getting to know their culture as a tourist is possible, but once again, it is advisable to select a responsible guide who will honour their customs and traditions and advise you how to do the same.
source: Safari Drive
5. Santhal Community, India
Santhals are the third largest tribal community in India. They are known for their fighting spirit and follow a lifestyle that embraces physical arts such as dance and music. They are also notorious for their unique musical equipments, mats and baskets made out of plants. The Santhals follow the Sarma religion and have an inherent respect for ghosts and spirits.
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