Children around the world

 

 

Little girl in a photo studio, anno 1946, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

In the Himalaya, during the summer months, many families move to temporary shelters in high altitude grazing grounds for yaks, called kharka. Daily, they milk their female yaks, called nak, making butter and cheese from the milk.

Read more about the yak elsewhere on this website, see Animals: Animals as servants of Man.

 

 

Nepal 2009
This picture shows a Tamang boy and his mother, sitting near the kitchen fire in a stone dwelling at Dukpu Kharka, Langtang National Park, Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Veddas are the aboriginal people of Sri Lanka, thought to be of mixed Negrito and Australoid origin. They were driven far into the jungles by invading Sinhalese, a people from North India, who, in the 6th Century B.C., conquered most of Sri Lanka, creating an advanced civilization, comprising several competing kingdoms. Read more about the various peoples of Sri Lanka elsewhere on this website, see Travel episodes – Sri Lanka 1974: Among the Veddas.

 

 

Sydasien 1976-77
Vedda children in the village of Polebedda, near Mahiyangana. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sri Lanka 1974-75
Little Sinhalese girl, playing on a rocking horse, Horana. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sri Lanka 1974-75
This little Sinhalese girl is living with her parents in a temporary shelter, built for Buddhist pilgrims, who make the demanding ascent to the temple atop the sacred Adam’s Peak. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sri Lanka 1974-75
This Sinhalese boy in Polonnaruwa makes a living as a snake charmer, playing his flute to make a cobra (Naja naja) ‘dance’. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sri Lanka 1974-75
Sinhalese boy, climbing a coconut palm to pick nuts, Hikkaduwa. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Everest 2010a
Hiking towards the 3530-metre-high Lamjura Pass in eastern Nepal, I passed these children, who were playing outside their home. As Nepalese children will often do, they shouted something after me. When I went up to photograph them, they suddenly became very silent, watching my doings with deep interest. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Tyrkiet 2018
“Now, how do I solve this problem?” – Child with mobile phone, Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Guatemala 1998
“Grandfather, something is wrong with my bicycle!” – Antigua, Guatemala. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

The Khmer are the most numerous people in Cambodia, accounting for over 97% of the 16 million people in the country. They are descended from the founders of the Khmer Empire (802-1431 A.D.), foremost among Southeast Asian Hindu kingdoms. This empire left a superb legacy in the form of the Angkor ruins. The pictures below are all from the Angkor area.

 

 

Cambodia 2009
Little Khmer boy, drinking from a coconut. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Cambodia 2010
Khmer girl, three years old, proudly showing her new school uniform. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Cambodia 2009
Khmer children, playing outside their home, Banteay Srey. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Cambodia 2010 
This Khmer girl takes care of her infant brother. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

The following three pictures show children in Tibet. You may read more about this fascinating country elsewhere on this website, see Travel episodes – Tibet 1987: Tibetan summer.

 

 

Tibet 1987
This little girl, who is wearing a fancy hat, has fallen asleep on her grandmother’s back during a visit to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tibet 1987
This child in Shigatse is also wearing a sophisticated hat. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tibet 1987
This boy from Shigatse wears a natural ’scarf’ around his neck – dirt! (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Central Taiwan is home to a multitude of peoples of Malayan origin, who inhabited this island long before the invasion of Chinese peoples. More pictures of Taiwanese tribal people may be studied elsewhere on this website, see Gallery – People: Tribals of Taiwan.

 

 

Taiwan 2008
Taiwan 2008
Taiwan 2008
Bunung tribal girls, Dilih. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2016a
Mosaic, depicting a child with tattooed face, artwork of Song Lin tribals in Wanda, near Wushe. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

The vast Thar Desert stretches across the state of Rajasthan, north-western India, and further west into Pakistan. The main part of this desert is level sand or gravel plains with scattered bushes and trees.

This desert is surprisingly densely populated, inhabited by a number of peoples, who belong to various religions, such as Jains, Bishnoi, Muslims, and Hindu Rajputs. Scattered across the bleak landscape lie numerous towns and villages. One such town is Jaisalmer, close to the Pakistani border, which was founded in 1156 by a Rajput prince, Roa Rawal Jaisal.

Read more about this fascinating area elsewhere on this website, see Travel episodes – India 2003: Camel safari in the Thar Desert.

 

 

Indien 2003
This Muslim and his children are enjoying the evening, sitting on a sand dune near the village of Bambara, situated in the heart of the Thar Desert, near the border to Pakistan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Indien 2003
Muslim children, Bambara. A white paste has been applied to their face to protect the skin from the fierce sunshine. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1991
Little girl, dressed in her best finery, Jaisalmer. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1991
This little girl carries water in a brass jar, near Jodhpur. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1985-86
On a chilly morning in the Thar Desert, this boy and his father are warming themselves at a tiny fire. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

The majority of the inhabitants in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, are Newars, a people of mixed Caucasian and Mongoloid origin.

 

 

Nepal 2008
Newar woman with her granddaughter, Kathmandu. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1994
This Newar boy in the village of Bungamati, Kathmandu Valley, wears a topi, a typical Newari style hat. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Costa Rica-2
Little girl in her finest dress, Tortuguero, Limón, Costa Rica. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Sjælland 1969-2005
This one-year-old boy is enjoying a bath in the kitchen sink, Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Nordindien 1997
Muslim girls in the city of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Nordindien 1991
A very unusual ‘school bus’ – a pushcart, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Taiwan 2009
This little boy covers his ears, when fireworks explode during a Daoist festival for the Mother Goddess Mazu, taking place in the town of Pitou, Taiwan. – Read more about Daoism elsewhere on this website, see Religion: Daoism in Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

The majority of the population in Zambia are Bantu people. The pictures below show two tribes from the northernmost part of the country, the Unga and the Bena Kabende. The Unga, who live in the great Bangweulu Swamps, are presented in detail elsewhere on this website, see Countries and places: Bangweulu – where water meets the sky. Pictures of other Bena Kabende people are shown on the page People: Beauty and grace of women.

 

 

Zambia 1993
Unga boy, punting his canoe along a river channel in the Bangweulu Swamps. To the right is dense vegetation, consisting mostly of papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) and reed (Phragmites australis). (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Zambia 1993
Most Unga women wrap a gaily coloured cloth, called chitenge, around their waist. Babies spend most of the time on their mother’s back, wrapped in a chitenge. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Zambia 1993
Unga woman and children, catching fish in a big basket. The children will try to shoo fish towards the woman, who is holding the basket beneath the surface, lifting the basket, when fish are above it. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Zambia 1993
Unga girls, pounding cassava roots (Manihot esculenta) to make flour, Ncheta Island. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Zambia 1993
These Unga boys assist a relative, pulling a fishing net into the canoe. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydlige Afrika 1996-97
Unga woman, breast-feeding her twins, Kasoma Lunga. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Zambia 1993
This Unga girl, who is staying in a temporary fishing village in the swamps, carries lake water in a big bowl to the kitchen. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Zambia 1993
Unga school boys in their class room, Ncheta Island. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Boys of the Bena Kabende tribe in the village of Manokola. The smallest one has mud all over his face. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Nepal 1985
When I wanted to photograph this little girl in the Marsyangdi Valley, Nepal, she became shy, hiding her mouth behind her shawl. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Frankrig-Spanien 2007 
Little girls, Paris. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Ethiopia is home to a multitude of peoples, the largest of which are the Amhara, counting about 20 million, or c. 27% of the country’s population. The pictures below show children in various regions of this vast country. Other pictures are found elsewhere on this website, see Gallery – People: Tribals of Ethiopia.

 

 

Ethiopien 1996
Ethiopien 1996
Amhara herding boys, Chacha. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ethiopien 1996
Oromo children, herding cattle, west of Dinsho, Bale Mountains. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ethiopien 1996 
‘Is he dangerous?’ this baby on his mother’s back seems to think. – Lalibela. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ethiopien 1996
Shy Amhara herding girl, Chacha. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ethiopien 1996
Girl with a peculiar hairstyle, Nechisar National Park. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ethiopien 1996
Boy, peeping through a fence, Negelle. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ethiopien 1996
Ethiopien 1996
Children, carrying sacks of fodder, Bahir Dar, Lake Tana. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Ethiopien_8_p1_resize 
Shy young girls, one of them with a peculiar hairstyle, Lalibela. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Best of friends! – Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Jylland 1977-90
During a forest walk, this little Danish girl got tired and is now sleeping in the child carrier on her father’s back. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Bali-Lombok 2012
Little boys, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. The smallest one is a bit wary of me. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Nepal 1985
A red tika mark has been applied to the forehead of this Hindu girl in the Marsyangdi Valley, central Nepal, and rice kernels have been pressed into the paste, indicating that a major Hindu festival is taking place. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

The Yunnan and Guizhou Provinces of south-western China are home to maybe 50 tribal peoples, who often wear very colourful traditional dresses. More pictures may be studied elsewhere on this website, see Gallery – People: Tribals of China.

 

 

Yunnan 2007
Girls of the Bai minority, clad in traditional dress, pose for tourists, Dali, Yunnan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guizhou-Yunnan 2007
This Shuei tribal woman carries her child in a traditional backpack, Guizhou. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guizhou-Yunnan 2007
Young woman and child of the Yi people, Yuanyang, Yunnan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guizhou-Yunnan 2007
This little Yi girl is playing with bits of banana leaves, used by her parents to wrap around goods, which they sell at a market in Yuanyang. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guizhou-Yunnan 2007
This Yi woman, clad in traditional dress, visits a market in Yuanyang, carrying her child on her back. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guizhou 2009
Boys of the Ih tribe, playing with a wheelbarrow, Guizhou. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Asien 1977-78
School boys in their class room, Aqaba, Jordan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Children of different races can be the best of friends, as shown in the following two pictures.

 

 

Kirgisien 1999
A Russian (left) and a Kyrghiz boy, Karakol, Kyrgizstan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

School children in the Kali Gandaki Valley, Annapurna, central Nepal. The girl to the left is of Mongolian origin, the other of Caucasian. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Nepal 2013
Limbu girls, doing homework, Hangdewa, near Taplejung, eastern Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Taiwan 2012a
While on a day-trip to a persimmon (Diospyros kaki) plantation in Xinpu, Taiwan, these school children assist in peeling the fruits, in order for them to be dried. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Children in the Himalaya are accustomed to work from an early age. The following ten pictures show children, doing various tasks.

 

 

Himachal Pradesh 2007
Wait for me! – Bringing home her family’s cows shortly before dusk, this girl holds on to a cow’s tail. Usually, Himalayan cattle owners do not let their animals graze out at night for fear of attacks from wolves or bears. – Kaza, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1998
This little boy is doing his very best to help his mother, bringing firewood to her kitchen. A chicken is surveying his efforts. – Shyabru, Langtang National Park, central Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1991a
Girl from Navagaon, Arun Valley, eastern Nepal, carrying a load of foliage from the forest to her home, to be used as fodder for her family’s cows. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Uttarakhand 2008
This girl has been collecting ferns in the forest for her family’s evening meal, Asi Ganga Valley, Uttarakhand, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1998
This boy is ploughing a field in the Marsyangdi Valley, central Nepal, with oxen, while his mother walks behind him, sowing maize kernels one by one. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1985
This girl, likewise in the Marsyangdi Valley, is carrying a huge bundle of fodder. Note the sickle in her hand, which she used to cut the grass. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

A little Muslim girl assists her mother, harvesting saffron flowers, Pampur, Kashmir, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1991
This girl in Sankhu, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, carries a basket, laden with fodder for her family’s buffaloes. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1991a
Little children, Chichila, Arun Valley, eastern Nepal. It is often the duty of Himalayan girls, however young, to take care of their smaller siblings, while their mother is busy elsewhere. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1985
These boys carry firewood to their home in Chame, Marsyangdi Valley, central Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

 

Kanariske Øer 2006
Kanariske Øer 2006
Kanariske Øer 2006
Little girls, dressed up for a carnival, Los Christianos, Tenerife, Canary Islands. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Sydasien 1980
Hindu girls, Trisuli Valley, central Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Annapurna 2007
This elderly Gurung man in the Kali Gandaki Valley, Annapurna, central Nepal, is taking care of his grandchildren. Their parents are probably busy, working in the fields. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Asien 1977-78 
Little Arab boys also have secrets! – Azraq, Jordan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

This boy has caught a young African broadbill (Smithornis capensis) and is now carrying it on his head. – Litipo Forest, Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Peasant boys, Kot Sabzal, Sind, Pakistan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Bali 2009
During a Hindu temple festival near Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, these small boys are playing with a drum. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Ladakh 2000
An elderly woman with her grandson, Umlung, Ladakh, India. In the Himalaya, grandparents are highly respected, often participating in the upbringing of their grandchildren. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Following a heavy rain shower, this little boy has fun, splashing in a puddle, Jutland, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

The indigenous population of Borneo is a mixture of Malayan tribes, known by the common name Dayaks. One of these peoples are the Punan, living along the Rajang River, Sarawak. Read more about this people elsewhere on this website, see Travel episodes – Borneo 1975: Canoe trip with Punan tribals.

 

 

Sydøstasien 1975
Punan girls, pounding rice on the veranda of a longhouse. With a graceful movement of her foot, one of the girls pushes back some of the rice into the pile, without making any pause in her pounding. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Nepal 1994-95
This village boy is enjoying himself, playing a simple flute, made from a thin bamboo stem, Basantapur, eastern Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Asien 1972-73
Iranian boy, Bandar Shah, Caspian Sea. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Comorerne 1988
These little girls in Moroni, Grande Comore, Comoro Islands, assist their mother, peeling cooking bananas. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Costa Rica-2
Children on swings in evening light, Tortuguero, Limón, Costa Rica. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Asien 1972-73
Children in the village of Hamar, southern Iraq. It is often the duty of Arabian girls, however young, to take care of a smaller sibling. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Jylland 1966-76
Little boy, playing with a bucket, Jutland, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Asien 1977-78 
Village boys, Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Ladakh 2000
This little girl in the Markha Valley, Ladakh, India, is playing an ancient game. She throws several pebbles into the air, trying to grab more pebbles from the ground before catching the falling ones. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Fyn 1967-2004
Despite being somewhat sunburned, this little boy is enjoying his sandwich on the beach. – Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Markets in Guatemala are a blaze of colours, most women and many girls wearing a blouse, called huipil, consisting of several layers of cloth, sown together into intricate patterns. Every village in Guatemala has its own distinct huipil colours and patterns, and almost every woman weaves the cloth for her huipil herself. These gorgeous blouses constitute a part of the daily dress – not only worn at religious festivals or other important events, as one might judge from the beauty of them.

Read more about Guatemala elsewhere on this website, see Travel episodes – Guatemala 1998: Country of the Mayans.

 

 

Guatemala 1998
This little girl, wearing a huipil, assists her mother, washing clothes, Santa Catarina Palomo, Lago Atitlan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guatemala 1998
Little street vendor, selling souvenirs in the city square, Antigua. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guatemala 1998
Carrying a smaller sibling on her back, this girl brings goods to be sold at a market in Antigua. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Danish postcard from c. 1920, depicting a little girl, dressed up for a studio photograph. (Photo: Public domain)

 

 

 

Lake Malawi is the third-largest lake in Africa, 575 kilometres long and up to 85 kilometres wide, covering an area of c. 23,000 square kilometres. Most people of this area are Bantu, one tribe being the Achewa, who live around the south-western corner of the lake.

Read about my ferry trip on this lake elsewhere on this website, see Travel episodes – Malawi 1997: A three-day ferry cruise on Lake Malawi.

 

 

Sydlige Afrika 1996-97
This boy has paddled his dug-out canoe out to our ferry, hoping to sell a few mangoes to passengers. Soon a furious haggling over the price begins, and when the two parties have come to an agreement, the fruits are handed up, and coins are tossed into the canoe. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydlige Afrika 1996-97
Happy Achewa children, bathing near Cape Maclear in the south-western corner of the lake. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydlige Afrika 1996-97
Little Achewa girl from the village of Chembe. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydlige Afrika 1996-97
This happy little Achewa boy from Chembe is on his way out into the world. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Jylland 1996-99
Little girls, playing with flower pots in a wash tub, Jutland, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Tanzania 1990
Thumbs up! – Little girl from Lindi, southern Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Guizhou-Yunnan 2007
Little boy, playing on a toy police motorcycle, Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China. Note his fancy hairstyle. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Aboriginals of India are small people, many of Australoid descent, which lived in the forests for thousands of years. When the Dravidians, and later the Aryans, invaded India, these tribal peoples were driven into remote areas. Many still live in the states of Odisha (Orissa), Chattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh.

Unfortunately, the culture and way of living of these peoples are rapidly disintegrating, and many have lost their land to entrepreneurs, who extract coal, iron and other minerals from it. Owners of paper factories have persuaded several of the tribes to plant eucalyptus trees on their land, promising these people a large outcome from these trees. However, they omit to inform them that eucalyptus trees dry out the soil, often leading to scarcity of water in areas, which were previously covered in lush forest.

When the pictures below were taken in 1997, many tribal peoples had still preserved part of their traditional ways. More pictures may be seen elsewhere on this website, at Gallery – People: Tribals of India.

 

 

Sydindien 1997-98
Young Sabara mother with her infant son, Sabari River, Odisha. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydindien 1997-98
Sabara boy near the Sabari River. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydindien 1997-98
Shy Mali girls in a village near Jeypore, Odisha. One of them has smeared yellow paste in her face, presumably to protect her skin from the fierce sunshine. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydindien 1997-98
This Paraja girl, her hair adorned with flowers, is selling peas at a market in Tanginiguda, Odisha. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Gadaba tribal girl with her grandfather, near Jeypore. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bhokta tribal children, photographed during a lesson in a village school, near Bodhgaya, Bihar. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

This father and son of the Ruktis tribe, whom I encountered on the Pulo Konka La Pass in Ladakh, live as nomads during the summer months. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

The Lur are a people, living in the Zagros Mountains, south-western Iran. Read more about my adventures in this area elsewhere on this website, see Travel episodes – Iran 1973: In the mountains of Luristan.

 

 

Asien 1972-73
Lur mother and daughter. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Asien 1972-73
Lur herding boys, two of them wearing huge traditional herders’ felt cloaks. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Asien 1972-73
Lur boy, twelve years old. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Nordindien 1991
A wandering musician and his son enjoy a break outside the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. The musician has only one leg – the artificial one is seen to the right. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Tanzania 1990
Near Lake Natron, northern Tanzania, we met these Masai boys, wearing elaborate head ornaments, adorned with ostrich feathers, bits of brightly coloured cloth, and small birds, which the boys themselves had killed. This ornament indicates that soon the boys will go through initiation ceremonies to become morani (warriors). – One of the boys seems to make fun of us with his club! (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Sydøstasien 1975
This Minangkabau tribal boy has been sprayed with mud from working in a paddyfield, Kotubaru, Sumatra, Indonesia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Jylland 1977-90
This little girl is investigating a dandelion flower (Taraxacum officinale), Jutland, Denmark. Read more about dandelion elsewhere on this website, see Plants: Plants in folklore and poetry. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Tanzania 1993
Little boys, playing on the beach, Bwejuu, Zanzibar, Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Guizhou-Yunnan 2007 
Giggling school girls, Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Sasak tribal girl, carrying embers in a bowl, Senaru, Lombok, Indonesia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

For thousands of years, a huge marsh area in southern Iraq, between the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers, was the home of the Madan tribe, whose way of life was completely adapted to the wet habitat. They moved about in canoes, built their reed houses on islets, and made a living by hunting and fishing, growing rice, and raising water buffaloes.

The regime of Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (1979-2003) put an end to their way of life by draining the marshes, as a retaliation for the Madan siding with the Americans during the First Gulf War (1990-1991).

Read more about this interesting wetland elsewhere on this website, see Travel episodes: Iraq 1973: The hospitable mudir, and Dust storm and sheep’s head.

 

 

This picture of a Madan father and son was taken in 1977, prior to the destruction of this area. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Most of the year, Icelandic sheep roam the mountains freely, but when winter is approaching, they are driven into a large enclosure and divided up according to owners, using ear-marks, after which they are driven back to the farms on lorries.

 

 

This little boy assists his parents, rounding up sheep at Fnjóská, near Akureyri. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Island 1989-91
This boy and his dog are watching rounding-up of sheep, Fnjóská. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Sydindien 2008
Kindergarten children, Mukkali, Kerala, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Jylland 1977-90
During a forest walk in Jutland, Denmark, this little girl got tired and is now riding on her mother’s shoulders. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Ladakh 2000
In areas dominated by Tibetan Buddhism, or Lamaism, many boys spend longer or shorter periods of time as apprentices in local monasteries, called gompas. These boys are apprentices in the monastery at Lamayuru, Ladakh, India. – Read more about Lamaism elsewhere on this website, see Religion: Buddhism. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Alperne 2016a
A very young courting couple in the Virgen Valley, Tyrol, Austria. Wearing traditional dresses, they participate in a music festival in the village of Prägraten. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Sydlige Afrika 1996-97
Shy little girl, clinging to her brother’s shoulder, Chinsanka, Zambia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

These Batak tribal children have fun, bringing home water buffaloes after work in the paddyfields, Samosir Island, Sumatra, Indonesia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

In Myanmar, a white paste is made from branches of the orange jessamine tree (Murraya paniculata), locally called thanaka. This paste protects the skin against the sun and also makes it smooth.

 

 

Myanmar 2007
Children in central Myanmar with thanaka paste applied to their face. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Myanmar 2007
Father and son, central Myanmar, the boy with thanaka paste in his face. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Nordindien 1982
Boys, carrying loads of empty sacks, Lata, Uttarakhand, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Little boy, playing in a basket, Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Bali 2015
Little boy – large gun, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Ladakh 2000
Boy from the Markha Valley, Ladakh, north-western India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Bornholm 1977-96
While his mother is busy filming with her video camera, her child is more interested in my doings. – Bornholm, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Norden 1992-98
These children enjoy participating in the Midsummer’s Festival, Himmelsberga, Öland, Sweden. The girl is wearing a flower garland around her hair. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Nordindien 1982
This school girl in Leh, Ladakh, India, wears her bag, strapped around her forehead. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Island-Færøerne 1999
Little boy, admiring a golden plover chick (Pluvialis apricaria), Laxádal, northern Iceland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Nordindien 1997
Young Muslim beauties, Pahalgam, Kashmir, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Østafrika 1994-95
Little Bantu girl, carrying fruits, Kambuga, Uganda. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Skandinavien 2001-14
Girl, admiring rock carvings from the Bronze Age, Vitlycke, Bohuslän, Sweden. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Island-Færøerne 1999
Happy little boy, dressed for cold weather, Þingvellir, Iceland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Sydøstasien 1975
Little children in Bangkok, Thailand, playing with a gate. The girl wears no trousers at all, and the boy will soon drop his. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

This boy, carrying an ax, is on his way into the forest to gather firewood, Salale, Rufiji River, Tanzania. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Tyrkiet 2018a
Tyrkiet 2006
Tyrkiet 2006
Tyrkiet 2018a
Children, bathing in a natural pond on a terrace, consisting of deposited calcium bicarbonate, Pamukkale, Turkey. The little boy in the bottom picture enjoys his bath stark naked, while his mother is dipping her toes, dressed very modestly. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

This little boy is well supplied with gear for catching water creatures, Shu Swamp, Long Island, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Boys, selling edible mushrooms along the road, Serenje, Zambia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Bali 2009
Children in a playground, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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(Latest update January 2019)