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Meet The Himba Tribe That Offers “Free Sex” To The Guests

by Chabi Taala Desk

Indigenous cultures contribute to diversity, and their history highlights the importance of revitalizing ancient music, languages, knowledge, traditions, and identities. Where some of these cultures are on the verge of extinction due to the advent of civilization and western influence, others do not accept this civilization and are proud of their long-held cultural practices. But do you know “offering free sex to the guests” is also an indigenous practice?

Yes, it’s true. The Ova-Himba and Ova-Zimba ethnic groups in Northern Namibia, Africa, offer free sex to the guests to express their honor. They also have many strange cultural practices that make a person appalled. Let’s explore!

Free sex to the guests:

“Honor is a gift that you give freely.” It is applied differently in these tribes as they offer free sex to express honor in the pleasure of seeing that guest. When a visitor came knocking on the door, the man in the house approves the guest and enters the home. He is then given special treatment, “Okujepisa Omukazendu.” According to this treatment, the man gives his wife to the guest, to spend a night with, and he sleeps out of the room. If there is no available room or nearby hut, he sleeps outside.


According to the tribe’s cultural practice, the woman has little or no opinion in this. She has to obey her husband at any cost. If she refuses to sleep with the guest, still, she has to stay with that guest in the same room in the absence of her husband. Similarly, she can give her friends to her husband when they visit, but this rarely happens.

Source: Instagram account

What is good about this?

Namibia is one of the world’s highest HIV infectious country. This cultural practice was very debatable back then, but tribe’s people say it is a way of unity and friendship. It fosters relationships, and reduces jealousy. I am not ridiculing their practices, but what kind of relationship fostering is this when your own life is at stake. Lol!

No Water Baths:

After their free sex offer, they should also offer free water baths. But, they don’t take water baths. OMG…Then what do they do? Ovahimba and Ovazimba people take “Smoke Baths.” They drop shouldering charcoal into a bowl filled with herbs. The smoke ascends, and the people bow over this smoking bowl. Because of heat, the body perspires and helps washing the body. Women apply aromatic resins on their skin after this smoke bath.

Red skins:

People also apply a red paste called “otjize” on their skin, a combination of butterfat, omuzumba scrub, and ochre.

red skin himba tribe namibia
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The question is, how can a person survive without a water bath? The answer is they have harsh climatic conditions, blazing desert, and lack of potable water hinders them to a bath. In this case, the red paste functions to protect their skin from the harsh desert sun and insect bites. They are also guided by the belief that the color red signifies “Earth and blood” and makes them extremely unique. (OMG, I want self-confidence like them.)

Moreover, women with red skin, when dressed in their traditional attires, they look just perfect.

himba tribe namibia
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Polygamy (marriage with multiple spouses) is welcomed in these tribes. However, young girls marry when they reach puberty with the husbands their fathers chose.

himba tribe offers sex to guests, and follows polygamy
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These practices are performed nowhere else except in the Kunene and Omusati regions in Northern Namibia. The tribes are nomadic, livestock breeders, and their status is entirely based on the number of cattle one has. Their women are preoccupied with gathering firewood, cooking and serving meals, and sourcing for freshwater. The people are very friendly to visitors but will not allow any interference in their culture. At one hand, these simple nomadic people try their best to preserve their long held values but on the other hand, they willingly confront deadly diseases like HIV. Isn’t it strange? What do you think about this?

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