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Becoming a Man - ETHIOPIA

BECOMING A MAN

BECOMING A MAN

Omo Valley, Ethiopia  

When a man of the Hamar Tribe comes of age he has to leap over a line of cattle. This ceremony qualifies him to marry, own cattle and have children. The timing of the ceremony is decided by the man's parents and usually happens after the harvest. I felt incredibly lucky to come across this authentic ritual. Ethiopia is a safe country rich in history and well worth visiting before mass tourism will completely impact the authenticity of the place.