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.