But how the Dinka became some of the tallest people in the world has been somewhat of a mystery. A popular explanation is nutrition – a calorie-stuffed diet rich in dairy products, grains, and meat. Dinka primary nutrition is milk and organic food.
Dinka are sometimes noted for their height. With the Tutsi of Rwanda, they are believed to be the tallest people in Africa. Roberts and Bainbridge reported the average height of 182.6 cm (5 ft 11.9 in) in a sample of 52 Dinka Agaar and 181.3 cm (5 ft 11.4 in) in 227 Dinka Ruweng measured in 1953–1954.
The majority of Dinka practice traditional religions whose central theme is the worship of a high god through the totem, ancestral spirits, and a number of deities. The high god is called Nhiali and he is the source of sustenance. Deng is the most noteworthy of the lower gods and Abuk is a female god.
Men of the Dinka tribe in South Sudan scar their faces with three parallel lines across the forehead in a rugged display of courage to the tribe. The marking is common as initiation pattern to adulthood. The Nuer as well receive facial markings as part of their initiation into adulthood.
At the other end of the spectrum are the top ten countries with the shortest average height, which currently include: Indonesia 62.2 inches. Bolivia 62.9 inches. The Philippines 63.7 inches. Vietnam 63.82 inches. Cambodia 63.98 inches. Nepal 64.17 inches. Ecuador 64.37 inches. Sri Lanka 64.41 inches.
The Netherlands — 175.62cm (5 feet 7.96 inches) Dutch people are the world’s tallest, with an average height of 175.62cm (5 feet 7.96 inches.)
The early humans hunted in African savannahs, which caused them to become tall and slender after leaving forest-like habitats. Around 1.5 million years ago, human-like hominins grew 10cm taller without gaining any extra weight. It took another million years for the species to put on another 10-15kg.
Almost all the victims are members of the Tutsi (or Watusi) tribe, usually remembered for their great height –many Tutsi are seven feet tall.
There is a 25 -27% linguistic relationship between the Dinka language which is Nilo-Saharan and the Ancient Nubian language. The modern so-called “ Nubians ” are aslo physically related to the “ Nubians ” of the north. Moreover, the Dinka are jet Black and look like the Nubians depicted in Egyptian drawings.
Dinka, also called Jieng, people who live in the savanna country surrounding the central swamps of the Nile basin primarily in South Sudan. They speak a Nilotic language classified within the Eastern Sudanic branch of the Nilo-Saharan languages and are closely related to the Nuer.
Due to the fact that the Nuer supported the Sudanese government in the civil war, they were seen as not supportive enough of the new South Sudanese government. This sparked bloodshed between the Dinka and Nuer, which is considered by some to be the next civil war in South Sudan (Howden, 2013).
Dinka Ciyibak – How are you? ( Audio) Acin Kerac – I’m fine (Audio) Yincalor – Welcome (Audio) Yinca Leec – Thank you. ( Audio)
A symbolic and interpretive anthropologist would argue that these scars are the direct result of learned clan traditions. Passed down through the years, from old to new, the symbolic scarring defines the Dinka people.
He says scarification often hurts less than a tattoo; in fact, all forms of scarification occur on the same level of the skin as tattoos: on the dermis, far above fatty tissues and muscle matter.
About Africa Scarification History For anyone who may not be familiar with scarification, it’s an ancient African tribal body art that involves purposely scarring the skin to create raised marks and/or complete patterns.