The Gerewol Festival | Arts & Culture
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27 November 2020 | 10:46 am
An ancient courtship ritual in which Wodaabe tribesmen dress up and wear makeup to attract a wife or a lover, the Gerewol festival in Chad is an extraordinary spectacle.
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