#17 Namibia’s Himba and Herero at Opuwo’s unusual market
Opuwo’s unusual market
If you come to Opuwo you will certainly realize this clapping and singing at its marked, which goes from two in the afternoon until 4 in the morning – and this every day. This dance is called Otjongo and it is a Himba dance. Otjongo has nothing to do with the dances I have shown you before – Otjongo is not a children dance – it is a dance between men and women. During evening hours more and more people come, dance, drink and get into trance. I probably would characterize Otjongo as a metaphysical form of communication between men and women. To be honest with you I haven’t tried to dance Otjongo, so I don’t have any practical experience with this dance at all. It also looks like you need to have a couple of beer too – and that’s one of my rules – I will never ever try self-made beverages, which the local people call beer. This is because I tried once beer from the Zulu in South Africa and after this I nearly needed to get hospitalized due to bad stomach problems, which lasted for a couple of months. At Opuwo’s marked you can get these nicely fried Namibian bakeries – they are approved by my stomach. You can also buy meat there – so long you fry it.