Psalm 78: 4 (NLT) We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders.

Hamer

The Hamer are pastoralists (shepherds) in South Ethiopia. They are best known for their tradition of "bull jumping," which transforms a boy into an adult man. The boy must run at least four times (corresponding to the four teats of an cow udder) back and forth across the backs of a row of bulls in this ceremony - a pretty exhausting and stressful endeavor) . 

Female relatives (from the father's side) dance for hours during this ceremony and get whipped from men who have recently been initiated. Remaining scars on their backs are proudly presented afterwards.

More info about the Hamer people here.

All pictures were taken during real traditional cultural events, not like many others in the internet during tourist fake presentations!

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A mixture of butter and red ocher (natural clay earth pigment) is used to style hair

Flying Hamer hair during dancing

Bells tied to the legs are used during dancing ceremonies

Women during a dance ceremony: jumping is an important part

Bells fixed to the legs are used as music instruments

Whipping is part of the bull jumping ceremony
(old scares mixed with new injuries)

Whipping during the bull jumping ceremony

Whipping is part of the bull jumping ceremony 
(old scares mixed with new injuries)

Traditional 'decoration' of aunts during the bull jumping ceremony

Family members preparing for the main event: bull jumping


A boy turns into a man during the bull jumping ceremony

Exhausting business - running across the backs of a row of bulls 

At least four times a boy has to jump across the backs of a row of bulls 

A Hamer couple milking their cow

A gate of a Hamer property

A typical traditional Hamer home

Entrance to a Hamer hut
Inside a Hamer hut, cow skins as mattresses

Inside a typical Hamer hut

Hamer women heating up coffee

Calabash for drinking Hamer 'coffee'

Young Hamer girl with traditional loincloth

Hamer girl with beautifully
decorated goat skin clothes
Hamer girl with beautifully
decorated goat skin clothes

A group of Hamer children

Hamer-typical beaded necklaces

Beautiful body decoration
Beautiful body decoration

A little Hamer boy
A little Hamer girl

Technology (i.e., cell phones) is coming into Hamer villages

Hamer elder with traditional hairstyle

Decorating legs with goat poop - why not!?!

Heating water for the local beer



Hamer women get ready to dance

Hamer men start dancing

Traditional dance: jumping men - approaching women

Hamer women tries to touch a man to indicate she is interested in him

Traditional dance: jumping men - approaching women

Traditional dance: jumping men - approaching women

Goat BBQ Hamer style

Goat on a stick - Hamer-style grilling

Goat meat almost ready to eat

Hamer women like to debate
Hamer women like to debate


Portrait of a Hamer girl
Portrait of a Hamer girl

Portrait of a Hamer girl


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