Location: The Afar is an ethnic group in the Horn of Africa, mainly in Eritrea, Djibouti and the Afar Region in Ethiopia, Africa. They are sometimes called Danakil. The Afar has acquired a reputation as a warrior tribe through the various conflicts in their region during the past centuries.
Population: 290 000
Neighbouring Peoples: Omo, Beja.
Types of Art: Mostly small hand-crafted articles from silver and bronze. They often use the metal from used cartridges.
History: The Afar Danakil are the sister culture of the ancient Ta-Seti people. Whereas the Ta-Seti culture were amongst the founding branches of the eastern Bejaw or Beja People; the Ta-Antyu (Puntite) Utjenet Culture were progenitors of the Afari and Tigre cultures.
The Land of Punt was of pivotal importance to the development of Egypt's pre-dynastic civilization and played a significant role throughout dynastic Egyptian history.
The Utjenet and Ta-Seti cultures formed a single territory until Egypt's Second Intermediate Period, when opposing cultures of Omo ethnic clans from further south and west pushed into central Sudan, separating the two branches of the Ta-Antyw.
The Northern most branch would become the Ta-Seti whilst the Southern most populations would become the Afar.
Economy: Keeps cows, sheep and goats for meat and milk and donkeys, horses and camels for transport. A man's wealth is assessed by how many animals he has.
Political Systems: Tribal chiefs, and warlords.
Religion: Mostly Moslem.
Remarks: They some times use a papyrus root called burri which is mix with milk to make a porridge.