Beauty and grace of women

 

 

Like most men, I have an eye for beauty and grace in females of all age groups. This page shows a collection of pictures of women, old and young, whom I found attractive in one way or another. I hope that it is obvious from these pictures that women do not have to be young and beautiful to be attractive!

 

 

The Yunnan Province of south-western China is home to at least 25 tribal peoples, who often wear very colourful traditional dresses. More pictures of Chinese tribal people may be studied elsewhere on this website, see Gallery – People: Tribals of China.

 

 

Guizhou-Yunnan 2007
This young woman of the Yi minority is clad in traditional dress, Yuanyang. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guizhou-Yunnan 2007
Yi tribal girl, 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)

 

 

Yunnan 2007
This elderly woman of the Naxi people, clad in traditional dress, performs a dance in the town of Lijiang. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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

 

 

 

The majority of the population of Zambia are Bantu. The pictures below show two tribes from the northernmost part of the country, the Bena Kabende and the Unga. The latter, 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.

 

 

Zambia 1993
Bena Kabende tribals in the village of Manokola. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Zambia 1993
Young Bena Kabende mother, Manokola. (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
Elderly Unga woman. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

The marvellous Sultan Ahmet Camii (Sultan Ahmet Mosque) in Istanbul, Turkey, popularly known as ‘The Blue Mosque’, was constructed between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Sultan Ahmet I. A picture of this gorgeous building is found elsewhere on this website, see: In praise of the colour blue.

 

 

Tyrkiet 2006
Four girls, visiting the Sultan Ahmet Camii, three of them modestly dressed for the occasion, one wearing modern clothes. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

The population in the city of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, northern India, are a mixture of Hindus and Muslims.

 

 

Nordindien 1997
These Muslim women, wearing beautiful local dresses, are shopping at a market in Kullu. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1997
Muslim girls, Kullu. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Alperne 2016a
Young woman with an interesting hairstyle, Tirol, Austria. (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 woman and her son, sitting near the kitchen fire in a stone dwelling at Dukpu Kharka, Langtang National Park, Nepal. (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. About the Bishnoi people, see Travel episodes – India 1991: Bishnoi people live in harmony with nature.

 

 

Nordindien 1991
Woman, sweeping her courtyard in a village in the Thar Desert. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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

 

 

Nordindien 1991
Young Bishnoi woman, carrying water to her home from the village well, near Jodhpur. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1991
This woman has been collecting firewood in the Thar Desert near Jodhpur. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Indien 2003
Indien 2003
Muslim women from the village of Bambara in the heart of the Thar Desert, near the Pakistani border. Note the huge adornment in the nostril of one of the women. (Photos 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)

 

 

 

Three pictures, showing women with a perfect sense of balance.

 

 

Afrika 1980-81
This woman is walking along a road near Ngaunderé, Cameroun, balancing a dish on her head. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guatemala 1998
This little street vendor is selling souvenirs in the central square of the city of Antigua, Guatemala. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Myanmar 2007
Once in a while, this girl would dance along the road, gracefully swaying her hips, and still balancing the large bucket of laundry on her head, Bagan, Myanmar. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Uttarakhand 2008
With a long wooden pestle, this young woman in the Asi Ganga Valley, Uttarakhand, India, is pounding her crop of wheat in a basket, hereby removing the husks. – Read more about the Asi Ganga Valley elsewhere on this website, see Travel episodes – India 2008: Mountain goats and frozen flowers. (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)

 

 

 

Taiwan 2012a
Taiwanese girl, enjoying an ice cream. (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
This young Punan girl performs a dance, with fans of hornbill feathers attached to her wrists, which are moved gracefully in time with the music. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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)

 

 

 

Indien 1994
The parents of this little Hindu girl wanted to take a picture of her beside the donkey, but she seems to be a little afraid of it. – Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Bornholm 2008b
Open-air line dance performance, Bornholm, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

The common greeting in most parts of the Himalaya is Namaste, approximately meaning ‘I salute the divinity in you.’ While greeting, you cup your hands in front of your face or chest.

 

 

Nepal 2009-1
Namaste! These sweet little children were photographed in the village of Betrawati, Trisuli Valley, central Nepal. (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.

The pictures below were all taken in Odisha in 1997, when 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. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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

 

 

Sydindien 1997-98
Another young Paraja tribal vendor at a market in the town of Kotpad. Note the tattoos on her arms. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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

 

 

 

Europa 1972-2005
These Greeks enjoy a break during their work, planting tobacco, near Koroneia, northern Greece. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Sydasien 1982-83
Shy little Hindu girl, Helambu, central Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Cambodia 2010
This Khmer girl in the Angkor area, Cambodia, is taking care of her infant brother. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

The Sinhalese are 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.

 

 

Sri Lanka 1974-75
Sinhalese girl, weaving, Hikkaduwa. (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)

 

 

Sydasien 1976-77
Sinhalese beauty, Polonnaruwa. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Sjælland 1969-2005
Typical girl of the blond, Nordic type, 12 years old, Zealand, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Nordindien 1991
Little Hindu girl in the village of Seventri, Rajasthan, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Comorerne 1988
These girls in the town of Moroni, Grande Comore, Comoro Islands, are helping their mother, peeling cooking bananas. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Ethiopien 1996
Tribal girl with a peculiar hairstyle, Nechisar National Park, Ethiopia. – More pictures of Ethiopian tribal people are found on this website, see Gallery: People – Tribals of Ethiopia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

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

 

 

Nepal 1991
Young Newar woman with her child. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nepal 1994
During the Hindu festival of Bisket Jatra, taking place in the city of Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, this little Newar girl, dressed in her finery, is gathering coins from a shrine, which have been sacrificed to the Hindu god Kalo Bhairab – the local name of Shiva. Rice kernel have been applied to the red tika mark on her forehead, which is only done during major festivals. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Sydasien 1978-79
This healthy, strong girl in the Trisuli Valley, Nepal, is carrying a heavy sack of millet. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Indonesien 1985
Young Muslim woman in the town of Sapé, Sumbawa, Indonesia. Note that her front teeth have been filed down, probably an ideal of beauty on this island. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Sydindien 2008
Sydindien 2008
Hindu women in the town of Karwar, Karnataka, South India. The tika marks on their forehead indicate their status as married women. Multi-coloured marks, as the one on the forehead of the woman in the lower picture, are usually applied during Hindu festivals. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

The Khmer Empire (802-1431 A.D.) was a Southeast Asian Hindu kingdom, which left a superb legacy in the form of the Angkor Wat ruins, in present-day Cambodia.

 

 

Cambodia 2009
This Khmer relief at Angkor Wat depicts apsaras, also called ‘heavenly nymphs’ or ‘daughters of joy’, who were female dancers and prostitutes at the royal court. The dark smudges on their breasts are caused by numerous visitors, who seem to get some pleasure out of touching them! (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)

 

 

 

Markets in Guatemala are a blaze of colours, the women 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 woman in the village of Santa Catarina Palomo, on the shore of Lago Atitlán, is busy weaving a blue huipil, blue being a typical colour of this village. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Nepal 1991a
Despite having had an obviously strenuous life, this old Sherpa woman in the Arun Valley, eastern Nepal, has aged with grace. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

Alperne 1968-2001
Young women, working as bar maids in a hotel in the town of Annaberg im Lammertal, Salzburg, Austria. (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
Asien 1972-73
Young women of the Lur tribe. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Taiwan 2012a
This young woman displays a large basket, full of persimmons (Diospyros kaki), which are placed on scaffolds to dry in the sun, Xinpu, Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

People around the Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh, northern India, are Hindus of Caucasian origin, who migrated here from Rajasthan hundreds of years ago. – Read more about this valley elsewhere on this website, see Plants – Plant hunting in the Himalaya: Abode of the deodar.

 

 

Himachal Pradesh 2007
This woman in the Tirthan Valley carries a huge bundle of foliage, which has been cut as fodder for her cows. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Himachal Pradesh 2007
Young woman from the town of Gushaini, Tirthan Valley. The red mark between her eyebrows, called a tika, indicates her status as a married woman. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Ethiopien 1996
Girl with braids, Negelle, Ethiopia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Myanmar 2007
Myanmar 2007
Children from central Myanmar with a white paste applied to their faces, made from branches of the orange jessamine tree, or thanaka (Murraya paniculata), to protect their skin against the sun, and to make it smooth and beautiful. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Lahaul-Ladakh 2014
This woman, who owns a tiny restaurant in the town of Pandoh, Himachal Pradesh, India, is making tea, adding liberal amounts of milk and cardamom seeds. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Nepal 1998
From the safety on her mother’s back, this little Thakali girl is watching my doings intensely, probably evaluating whether I am dangerous or not. – Tal, Marsyangdi Valley, Annapurna, Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Ethiopien 1996
Oromo girl, herding cattle, west of Dinsho, Bale Mountains, Ethiopia. – More pictures of Ethiopian tribal people are found elsewhere on this website, see Gallery – People: Tribals of Ethiopia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Annapurna 2007
Young woman with bamboo shoots, collected for food in the forest, Annapurna, Nepal. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

During a hike towards the village of Gul Bhanjyang, Helambu, central Nepal, my guide and I took shelter from heavy rain in the first small hotel we encountered along the trail. As it turned out, the house owners were out working in their fields, but their three sweet little daughters made tea for us, and soon their parents returned. As the rain continued for the rest of the day, we spent the night with this sympathetic family.

Read more about this hike elsewhere on this website, see Travel episodes – Nepal 2009: Across a snow-covered pass.

 

 

Nepal 2009
These sweet little girls made tea for us. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Taiwan 2008
Taiwan 2008
Bunung tribals, Dilih, Taiwan. More pictures of Taiwanese tribal people are found elsewhere on this website, see Gallery – People: Tribals of Taiwan. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Nordindien 1991
Slender girl, clad in a red sari, Rajasthan, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Indien 2003
These Muslim girls in the city of Bijapur, Karnataka, India, are dressed up for a wedding, and patterns have been applied to their hands, using henna dye. Read more about the usage of henna elsewhere on this website, see Plants: Plants in folklore and poetry. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

The Achewa are a Bantu tribe, living around the southern part of Lake Malawi.

 

 

Sydlige Afrika 1996-97
Young Achewa woman, carrying her child on her back, Monkey Bay. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydlige Afrika 1996-97
This Achewa woman in the village of Chembe is cleaning maize. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Nepal 2002
Yolmu woman, spinning wool in the village of Shyabru, Langtang National Park, Nepal. The Yolmu are a branch of the Tibetan Sherpa tribe. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Guizhou 2009
Mother and son with rhododendron flowers, Wumeng Shan Mountains, Guizhou Province, China. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Taiwan 2015
During a Daoist parade in the city of Taichung, Taiwan, women with flower baskets perform a dance in front of a shop, supposedly bringing prosperity to the owner. – Read more about Daoism elsewhere on this website, see Religion: Daoism in Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Tanzania 1990
One of these girls in southern Tanzania is a mulatto, whose British father has very fair hair. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Sydindien 2000-01
Tamil children in the town of Tarangambadi (Tranquebar), Tamil Nadu, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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