Dimba people


Dimba / Mudimba

Population & Ecosystem

Mudimba people are a small nomadic agriculturalist and aboriginal people occupying Namibia border with Angola, on the Cunene River.
They are mostly found in the town of Combelo.

15.000 Mudimba live between the wooded savannah eat of Cahama and the dry and rocky valleys and hills that end in Cunene River.

Economy & Society

Mudimba people are cattle herders and also practice hunting and subsistence agriculture. Mudimba women continue to build and use baskets which involve many interesting geometry concepts.

Culture & Religion

Dimba speak Herero language.

This indigenous people still hold on to their traditions and culture but have given in to modernity as a result of missionaries presence on their territory. They are stylish and fashionable people.

They still engage in teeth sharpening.

Mudimba girls wear traditional beaded wigs which indicate that although they have reached puberty and have had their first menstrual period, they are not yet ready for marriage.

Dimba married women have two different styles of hairdo; ‘Afro’ style normally seen in older women or mothers with babies and the ‘three crest’ style less impressive than the ‘afro’ style. Dimba girls wear beaded wigs (sometimes covering their faces) for wedding celebrations which means they have had their first periods but are not ready for marriage. Dimba are becoming influenced by neighbouring Mhumbi and Mugambue tribes and are becoming increasingly Christians. Despite this tendency, in small villages African religion is still widely practiced.