19 June 2011

Ogling Old Ladakhi Women

Ladakh, Northern India, has a population of c. 260,000 which is a blend of many different ethnic groups, predominantly Tibetans, Monpas and Dards. A feature of the Tibetan-Buddhist segment of Ladakh's community is the high status and relative emancipation enjoyed by women compared to other rural parts of India. Fraternal polyandry and inheritance by primogeniture were common in Ladakh until the early 1940s CE when these were made illegal by the Indian government. However, the practice remained in existence into the 1990s especially among the elderly and the more isolated rural populations.

people, portrait, street portrait, headshot, Spangmik, Pangong Lake, Northern India, Ladakh, old Ladakhi woman, goncha, Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald
people, portrait, street portrait, headshot, Leh, Northern India, Ladakh, old Ladakhi woman, traditional Ladakhi hat, traditional Ladakhi costume, silk apron, goncha, Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald
people, portrait, street portrait, double portrait, Leh, Ladakh, Northern India, old Ladakhi woman, traditional Ladakhi hat, traditional Ladakhi costume, silk apron, goncha, Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald
people, portrait, street portrait, headshot, Leh, Northern India, Ladakh, old Ladakhi woman, traditional Ladakhi hat, traditional Ladakhi costume, silk apron, goncha, Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald
people, portrait, street portrait, headshot, Leh, Northern India, Ladakh, old Ladakhi woman, traditional Ladakhi hat, traditional Ladakhi costume, silk apron, goncha, Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald
people, portrait, street portrait, headshot, Leh, Northern India, Ladakh, old Ladakhi woman, traditional Ladakhi hat, traditional Ladakhi costume, silk apron, goncha, Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald







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