„Hamar Mountains, Southwest Ethiopia, Ethiopia (Nigel Pavitt)“

from the gallery of John Warburton-Lee Photography

Ethiopia, Southwest Ethiopia, Hamar Mountains. Hamar women dance, sing and blow small tin trumpets during a 'Jumping of the Bull' ceremony. The semi-nomadic Hamar of Southwest Ethiopia embrace an age-grade system that includes several rites of passage for young men. The most elaborate of them and the most important is the 'Jumping of the Bull' ceremony when a youth attains full manhood and is permitted to marry. The climax to the ceremony in when the initiate leaps onto a line of ten or more of his family's bulls and runs along their backs; he must complete the feat twice in each direction.

Picture ID: 3178677
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