The world is divided into several countries that are subdivided into different territories. Every region has its own tradition. People of that area lived with great zeal in their own particular ritualistic styles. They feel unimaginable relief while they are busy in it. Their traditions play a vital role in their lives whether they belong to rural, tribal or urban areas. Basically such traditions reflect the true spirit of people who are fed up with the blind materialistic race of modern world. As far as the designing field is concerned, both the beginners and expert designers are using their skills to introduce unique designs of postcards to get maximum output from earning as well as success point of view.

In this post we have gathered an interesting collection of postcards of African tradition relating to different areas of the African village for knowledge and inspiration of all. It will also help new designers how to design postcards according to the interest of the people.

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Tuareg Warrior Postcard

When all the guests have gathered at the bride’s village, the Tuareg ritual called Tendi begins. Seated in a small circle, women chant songs on the pursuit of love, while clapping, ululating, and beating the Tendi drum. The men mount their camels & circle around the singers. Proud of their fierce warrior heritage, Tuareg men from Niger like nothing more than to show off their handsomeness & that of their animals.

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Maasai Tanzania Warrior Postcard

The Maasai live in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya & Tanzania. Maasai men move from one stage of life to another with elaborate ceremonies marking each passage. The ritual cycle extends over more than 25 years, beginning with circumcision. Here, a Maasai warrior proudly displays his beaded ostrich feather headdress.

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Zulu bride

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Adioukrou African Queen Mother Postcard

In Ghana, the display of gold at the Ashanti king’s jubilee in 1995 was unsurpassed in splendor. This Adioukrou Queen Mother, attending the jubilee, indicates her status by wearing gold turtle & crocodile talismans in her hair. Magnificently bedecked in gold jewelry & wearing gold dust makeup, she exhibits her husband’s substantial authority & worth.

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Maasai African Girl Postcard

In celebration of their impending graduation, Maasai warriors from Kenya launch themselves into a leaping dance known as “Empatia”. Throughout the ceremony, young Maasai girls adoringly accompany their warrior boyfriends. The beaded collars & headbands the girls wear are dessigned to bounce rhythmically as they dance to enhance their bodilly movements.

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Kokuzahn Celebration Postcard

The 7 day celebration called Kokuzahn, honoring the Voodoo diety, Flimani Koku, takes place once every 3 years. Dancing devotees in states of deep trance spin faster & faster to the rhythms of Voodoo drums. They are protected fom harm by wearing fiber skirts made from the Alatsi tree, and by smearing a paste made of palm oil, maize flour and herbs on their bodies.

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Massai Warriors Postcard

The most demanding test that a Maasai warrior can face is the stalking & killing of a lion. Tradition dictates that at least once during his waarriorhood he must take on this formidable challenge armed with only his wits & a spear. Should he be successful, he will fashion the animal’s mane into a headdress & wear it on ceremonial occasions.

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Masai Dancers

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Tribes of Kenya

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Rendille having the first born Child..

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Krobo African Baby Postcard

Traditionally, Krobo girls from Ghana undergo Dipo initiation–a series of rituals marking the passage into womaanhood—during their late teens. But because of modern pressures, some parents put all their daughters through Dipo at the same time, producing a generation of very young initiates. In Krobo culture, beads are a vital part of female adornment, reflecting social status & often providing protection.

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Ethiopia Surma Children Postcard

On festive occasions, Surma children from Ethiopia decorate their bodies using chalk & earth pigments to create fanciful patterns. To reveal their close bond to one another, best friends often paint their faces with identical designs.

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African Boys

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Eritrea Husband & Wives Postcard

A Rashaida wedding guest from Eritrea arrives on camelback accompanied by his three wives. Rashaida wedding rites take place over a period of up to 7 days in a lrage tent decorated by the bride during the days before the wedding. Festivities begin with the slaughter of a camel by the groom, and continue with feasting, dancing, & camel racing to entertain the guests.

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Rashaida Women Postcard

Veiled from the age of 5, Rashaida women from Eritrea are required to cover their faces when they are in public. When they eat, they pass food beneath the mask, and when they sleep they must still remain lightly covered. The mask is removed only when they are alone with their husbands.

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Senegal Ohamana Ceremony Postcard

In Senegal, the most important Bassari female ceremony, the Ohamana, lasts a day & a half, during which the women dance all night long in a trance-like state, wearing beaded regalia that symbolizes their new status. As a woman matures, her beads become increasingly important as a symbol of her escalating status, and a mark of her maturity & wisdom.

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Wodaabe Dancers Postcard

The long narrow tunics worn by Wodaabe dancers from Niger have been elaborately embroidered by female relatives: each design has a name & tells a story. The men also wear leather talismans containing both writings from the Koran for protection from evil spirits, and secret herbal potions to increase the power of their performance.

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Postcard from Gambia

This woman is a milk carrier … she is carrying it in a calabash gourd.

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Wodaabe Girls Postcard

During the courtship season, a Wodaabe girl from Niger may flirt with two men who may both become her lovers. Should she decide to marry one of them, the other will alwaays be welcome in the camp of her husband, who will generously offer her for the night–but only with her consent.

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Namibia / Himbu woman / Region of Kaokoland

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