Posted by: African Children's Book Project | February 18, 2012




The Hamar live on the Eastern side of the Omo Valley in Southern Ethopia

After the harvest, the cattle-leaping ceremony takes place; the way for teens to reach adulthood, go on to marry a woman selected by the family, own cattle and have kids.

The elders wear their nicest clothes to observe the ceremony, such as blankets made in China, and they cover their legs with a special and expensive green mud that can only be found in a remote area.

The few tourists around can watch the ceremony; it’s a way for the tribes to afford the 2days of festivities (meals and alcohol are supplied to dozens of guests).

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