5/30This is my prideMursi is a tribe in Ethiopia that are most famous for their unique cultural practices. When a Mursi woman turns 15, a slit is made beneath the lower lip and a clay plate is inserted. Each year a larger plate is added, stretching the lower lip until it juts out so far that a 15cm plate can be worn and the woman can pull her lip right over her head. This is considered the height of attractiveness.
7/30Running gets me thereLearning English makes me strong, running just gets me there faster. One of the only three English speaking kids in the tribe, he runs to school which is an hour away, everyday.
12/30Corn cookingThe women and girls grow crops (the staple is sorghum, alongside beans, maize and pumpkins). They’re also responsible for collecting water, doing the cooking and looking after the children.
13/30The bull jumperThe man must jump over a line of 10 to 30 bulls four times completey nude without falling. If this task is complete, the man joins the ranks of the Maza. Maza are other men that have successfully completed the bull jumping event.
24/30Hamar-bennaThe Mursi tribe, habitual migrators, move around in an attempt to find their “bha lalini” which translates into a ‘happy place’ with resources for cultivation and cattle-herding. A little girl enjoys another day in their happy place in Omo Valley. For those who have not known any other way of life, this is what they contently call home.
25/30Hamer princeA child can be declared Mingi for the following reasons — Teeth Mingi, Girl Mingi, Woman Mingi and Twin Mingi. Being declared Mingi almost always means death of the child. The tribe will leave the child alone in the bush without food and water or will drown the child in the river.
26/30Hamar ladyWithin the Hamar tribe, wife beating is an accepted part of life rather than a taboo, and the convention is that a man will not generally tell his wife why she is being whipped. On the other hand, if a beating is severe then family or neighbours will step in; and after a couple have had two or three children, beating stops.
28/30Hamar gunmanRelations with neighbouring tribes vary. Cattle raids and counter-raids are a constant danger.
29/30TornadoSurvival of arbore tribe is mainly governed by the forces of nature, arid conditions lead the tribe to be dependent on the flooding of the Omo river. A young boy lounges on a tree while a tornado brews in the distance.
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