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Bull jumping

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The Hamer tribe (sometimes called Hammer People or Hamar tribe) live in the Hamer Bena Woreda District of the Omo River Valley in southwestern Ethiopia. the Hamer people are famous for their “bull jumping ceremony”

 The Hamer tribe (sometimes called Hammer People or Hamar tribe) live in the Hamer Bena Woreda District of the Omo River Valley in southwestern Ethiopia. the Hamer people are famous for their “bull jumping ceremony” in which young men are required to jump over a line of bulls in order to be accepted as adult members of Hamer society.

During this rite of passage, Hamer men leap over the bulls while naked as is the tradition. The bulls are held in place by men who have successfully completed the ceremony on previous occasions, the so-called “Maza”. The Maza are responsible for preventing serious injury to the man if he might fall. The bull jumping ceremony also involves the whipping of the female relatives of the man before the actual jumping of the bulls takes place. They are whipped on their bare backs, resulting in open wounds and later scars. The women willingly take part in the ceremony, even though they will be scarred for life. The ceremony tends to unite the family as if the woman ever falls upon on hard times.

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