Sex and the Sahara: Striking photographs of the mysterious Islamic tribe where women embrace sexual freedoms, dictate who gets what in divorce and don’t wear the veil because men ‘want to see their beautiful faces’

For centuries the nomadic Tuareg tribe have crossed the Sahara desert, sometimes being led by the blind who used their heightened sense of smell and taste to pick a safe path across the ever-shifting sands.

Their men became known as the ‘blue men of the Sahara’ because the dye from their distinctive indigo scarves rub off onto their faces giving them a mysterious air. The Tuareg evoke images of a long forgotten and romantic age.

But behind the ancient way of life is a culture so progressive it would even make some people in liberal western cultures blush. Women are allowed to have multiple sexual partners outside of marriage, keep all their property on divorce and are so revered by their sons-in-law that the young men wouldn’t dare eat in the same room.

  • just a thought

    The men, on the other hand, probably should wearing a veil?
    http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/186/1/a/darth_maul_by_naiss_ryokkheym-d561rgz.jpg

    • just a thought

      I was only joking, but according to the article…
      “The men begin to cover their faces at puberty, and will keep them
      covered in front of their elders and most women. The exception is their
      wives or girlfriends “

  • Hard Little Machine

    They are also some of the biggest badasses in the world. The Tuaregs are the reason why al Qaeda’s foray into northern Mali died in its cradle. Northern Mali is a place so barren so remote the only way to get around is by camel and compass. And you’d better have special forces level survival skills. The Tuaregs have been fighting for independence for a hundred years and no one seems to know how to deal with them because whoever tries literally never comes back to report on it.

  • Surele Surele

    how much longer will they enjoy their freedom, before the religion of peace gets a whiff of potential new conquers?

    • just a thought

      from the article
      “Religion: Much of the tribe, said to descend from one queen called Tin
      Hinan who lived in the fourth century, has now converted to Islam”

  • I’m confused, did you say blue men or Blue Man?