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Dinka tribe of South Sudan; World’s tallest people

The Dinka people are a Nilotic ethnic group which is native to South Sudan, but there is also a sizable diaspora population.

Traditionally, the Dinka have been nomadic pastoralists, relying heavily on cattle herding for sustenance and as a symbol of wealth. The relationship between the Dinka and their cattle is profound, forming a cornerstone of their identity and social structure. This pastoral lifestyle has shaped their daily routines, fostering a deep connection with the land and its rhythms.

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Dinka people of south sudan

The fame of the Dinka people as the world’s tallest tribe arises from their striking physical stature. Dinka men, in particular, are known for their impressive height, often surpassing six feet. This physical trait has sparked fascination and admiration globally, drawing attention to the genetic diversity that exists among different human populations.

Together with the Tutsi people of Rwanda, they are believed to be the tallest people in Africa, and possibly the whole world.

According to a study carried out in 1953- 1954, the average height of Dink men was around 182 cm (6 feet). Today however, they appear to be considerably shorter, possibly as a consequence of undernutrition and conflicts.

Another study conducted in refugee camp in Ethiopia in 1995 found a mean height of 176.4 cm (5 feet 9 inches).

Dinka people of South Sudan

Dinka people of south sudan

Despite these setbacks and considerable reduction in height overtime, Dinka people still remain one of the tallest people in the world.

How the people of this tribe have managed to remain some of the tallest people in the world has always been somewhat of a mystery that has been long debated. The most popular explanation is their nutrition, a high-calorie diet rich in dairy products, grains and meat.