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Hamer Bull Jumping Ceremony

The Hamer people in Omo valley have a long tradition for performing certain rituals including whipping of the women and the men jumping over bulls to prove their manhood.

Decorated man at bull jumping ceremony

A traditionally painted man at the bull jumping ceremony by the Hamer tribe in Omo valley. Photo © Mikkel Grabowski 2012

Women waiting to dance at the hamer bull jump ritual - photo © Mikkel Grabowski

Women waiting to dance at the hamer bull jump ritual – photo © Mikkel Grabowski

As part of the hamer people's bull jump ritual the men perform a certain ritual by using metal rings around the penis and pouring milk onto it - Photo © Mikkel Grabowski

As part of the hamer people’s bull jump ritual the men performs certain rituals to initiate the proces of transformation for the chosen man – Photo © Mikkel Grabowski

An almost naked man jumping over bulls as part of the bull jumping ceremony by the Hamer tribe in Omo valley. Photo © Mikkel Grabowski 2012

An almost naked man jumping over bulls as part of the bull jumping ceremony by the Hamer tribe in Omo valley. Photo © Mikkel Grabowski 2012

Apparantly the women of the Hamer tribe approve of the whipping as it is a way for them to show their stamina and love and devotion towards their husband. In order to prepare themselves for the whipping, Hamer women cheer, sing and dance for hours.

In order to prepare themselves for the whipping Hamer women cheer, sing and dance and probably gets into almost trance like state of mind. Photo © Mikkel Grabowski

In order to prepare themselves for the whipping Hamer women cheer, sing and dance and probably gets into almost trance-like state of mind. Photo © Mikkel Grabowski

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Woman from the Hamer tribe in Omo valley dancing to get into trance during a traditional bulljumping ceremony

The hamer people in Omo valley have a long tradition for performing certain rituals including whipping of the women and the men jumping over bulls. Photo © Mikkel Grabowski 2012

The Hamer people in Omo valley have a long tradition for performing certain rituals including whipping of the women and the men jumping over bulls. Photo © Mikkel Grabowski 2012

Scarred woman with wounds from being whipped

Apparantly the women approve of the whipping as it is a way for them to show stamina and strong love and devotion to their husband.

A Hamer woman decorated with leaves in her hair

A Hamer woman with leaves on her head at the bull jumping ceremony. Photo © Mikkel Grabowski 2012

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