The Nuer Tribe

The cattle-herder Nuer tribe people live along the Nile, in South Sudan and Western Ethiopia and have been the subject of important anthropological studies. Marked by rites and the importance of cattle, the tribe is known for the scars its people often bear on their foreheads, showing their belonging to the tribe. A curious fact is that they believe that twins are heavenly creatures, closest to God than other humans; and since birds are also near God because they fly the skies, twins are considered birds. Thus, when a twin dies, they never bury him under ground, but put him over trees and let him there to rest.


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