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Maze Hamer Whipper, Turmi, omo valley, Ethiopia

Maze Hamer Whipper, Turmi, omo valley, Ethiopia
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The maze is the name given to the whipper running the bull jumping. Mazes are single men who have already performed bull jumping. They are hired to whip the women during the ceremony. As salary, they can earn goats and a jug of money. Mazes have to survive on payments received for bull jumping ceremonies. They only feed themselves with milk, honey and meat. Once they get married, they get a dowry and land if they are lucky. After that, their strict diet is likely to change. The Mazes take part to the elders meeting before the ceremony, so they are important as participant in decision making in their village or tribe.
The teen must jump (in fact walk) naked over a number of bulls without falling. That is why we can mention it as cow jumping or bull leaping. If he is able to complete this task, he will become a man and be able to marry a woman.
Any boy who fails to complete his runs, however, will be publicly humiliated: he will be whipped by his female relatives and thereafter, for the rest of his life, he will be teased, insulted and beaten by both men and women.

© Eric Lafforgue
Date: 2012-09-01 07:45:07

Africa African ethnicity Bead Beads Color Color image Colored background Culture Day Dimeka East africa Ethiopia Ethiopian ethnicity Ethnic Ethnology Green background Hamar Hamer Hamer bena woreda Headband Horn of africa Looking at camera Maze Necklace Omo Omo valley One adult Outdoors Outside Pastoralist People Perle Photography Portrait Real people Serious Snnpr Southern nations nationalities and people's region Strength Tassel Tradition Traditional clothing Traditional culture Tribal Tribe Tribesman Turmi Vertical Waist up Wall Whipper One person 8120 etiópia tribo Αιθιοπία эфиопия 埃塞俄比亚 埃塞俄比亞 이디오피아 エチオピア Äthiopien種族 Äthiopien Ethiopië Etiopien Етиопија אתיופיה 衣索匹亚 衣索匹亞 ethiopie

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Elisabeth Gaj 2012-09-01 08:51:44
Superbe portrait. Les couleurs et les reflets dans les yeux sont incroyables !
Piramix 2012-09-01 09:11:22
This is a stunning portrait which just encapsulates a proud person ....
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Superbe !

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Magnifique ! Quel regard !
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Great portrait!!
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ichauvel 2012-09-01 18:50:50
magnifique !!!
leeloopop 2012-09-02 07:24:27
Woaw! Merci pour cette description, c'est incroyable ces traditions de tribus, ces rites de passage. Magnifique portrait.
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an excellent portrait
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terrific portrait and colors
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