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Full face veil in women might have originated in Africa- an opinion

March 20, 2013

I think full face veil in women originated in Africa and as humans spread from Africa to Europe and Asia it went with them there; please see the following:

1. Nandi People of Africa

“after Nandi girls have
been operated upon at puberty,
they must stay in their mothers’
huts in complete seclusion for a
month or more. After recovering
from the effects of the operation,
they may be married. But if no
husbands appear, the girls continue
to live in a secluded state for several
weeks longer. If they go abroad,
they must always wear long masks
and veils ; they must not stand near
anybody or call a person by name ;
they may not enter a cornfield or a
cattle-kraal; and they may do no
work. ^ Again, a Nandi bride, for
an entire month after her marriage,
is waited on by the bridegroom’s
mother, since it is unlawful for a
bride during this period to per-
form labour. Similarly, a Nandi
mother, after the birth of a child,
is unclean and may not do any
housework for a month.”


“The young women are never consulted with regard to their
marriage. The young man never sees the girl’s face before
he applies to her father. Even then he cannot see it, though
she is usually present, closely veiled in a huge wrap of bark-
cloth. The Bahima women live in close retirement, and are
always veiled. In this respect they must not be confused with
the subject race, the Bairu (the singular form is Muiru). The
Bairu women go unveiled and work in the fields, but the
Bahima women never go unveiled and never work in the fields.
It is usual, when a Bahima woman is baptised on being con-
verted to Christianity, for her to uncover her face, but imme-
diately after the ceremony the covering is resumed, and on no
other occasion outside her private apartment does she leave
her face uncovered.”

Full text of “Uganda and its peoples; notes on the protectorate of Uganda, especially the anthropology and ethnology of its indigenous races”