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Hamer bull jumping ceremony

Hamer bull jumping ceremony
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Omo Valley, Ethiopia.
The Hamer (also spelled Hamar) are a tribal people in southwestern Ethiopia. They live in Hamer Bena woreda (or district), a fertile part of the Omo River valley, in the Debub Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR). They are largely pastoralists, so their culture places a high value on cattle.
Their society consists of a complex system of age groups. To pass from one age group to another involves complicated rituals. The most important ceremony for young men is the "bull jumping" ,the final test before passing into adulthood.
Before the main event of the ceremony the unmarried women of his family have to prove family's courage allowing themselves to be whipped.
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Date: 2012-10-21 13:19:36



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Comments

Molto bella!deve essere magico poter esserci in momenti simili
Capatazboss 2012-10-21 15:28:47
:o
lluìs 2012-10-21 15:45:39
Wow, fantastic shot and great for you to have been there and seen this in person. Have a great day and keep smiling.
archer10 (Dennis) 105M Views 2012-10-21 16:23:41
Gran bel documento, un grande scatto fotografico.
Saluti.
RoLiXiA 2012-10-21 17:18:13
grande reportage, come sempre!
mat56. 2012-10-21 19:42:50
Un reportage di grande intensità....
Io, Marina. CLOSED 2012-10-21 19:43:39
Surely he's not having an 'Evel Knievel' moment and trying to jump the lot! Presumably jumping from one to another.......

I like the simplicity of this life where there are no hangups about being naked in public..... Looking at the faces of the onlookers, no-one gives a fig.
BornInThe40's. 31 MILLION+ views.. 2013-06-02 16:17:23

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