We must embrace tribalisation if our generation is to survive in modern society
Following on from my post last week “Modern Tribalisation, our only survival”.
We highlighted the importance for us to take inspiration from tribal cultures in order to progress as a strong, stable and successful generation.
This week I would like to introduce you to the ‘Xhosa tribe from South Africa’, whose spiritual beliefs and cultural teachings are aspects which I feel need to be embraced by many millennials today.
Find yourself first
Today, many of us are scared, in fact, petrified of being alone. Not having someone to point you in the right direction. Not having someone to give you a help in hand. Not having someone to put food on the table for you. Not having someone who loves you.
The problem with this is that you are relying on someone else to feel complete.
As a generation, we must first find our own paths before being pointed in the right direction. We must work individually before receiving help from others. We must hunt for our own food before being given a feast. And most importantly, we must love ourselves before we can truly be loved by others (me included).
The Xhosa Tribe rituals
The Xhosa Tribe are a testament to this kind of thinking. The Xhosa people have a ritual whereby children entering adolescences are separated from their tribes to prepare them for becoming strong adults, who love themselves and can care for their future families.
The red makeup in this shoot acts as a stamp of approval for completing this ritual.
The white makeup signifies ones’ mystical connections between man and his ancestors.
For this shoot, I have crossed between formalwear to represent our current generation and tribal face-painting, which signifies our society finally embracing tribal influences for a better future.
If you missed Part 1 with the Hopi Tribe click here.
Thank you for reading, feel free to message me for further conversations on the topic.
Photographer: Javan Andre
Make-up: Ruby Djordjevic
Creative Direction and Styling: Sulsworld