her corpse because the rings are the property of her husband and are given to his next wife. It's a real privilege to get to know them. But in the case of my friend Lingu, who lost both his parents as a child, he had to wait until his twenties for his relatives to save enough money and cattle to pay for his brides dowry. More importantly, a man can solidify his high status in the Hamar community by killing a man from another tribe on a raid. Southern Ethiopia (As the sun sets. Blacksmiths are mystical figures who are always men and they learn the profession from their fathers. During the photography trip you will be privy to some of the Hamer peoples unique culture and customs, one of them being their bull jumping ceremony, marking a rite of passage for men and initiating boys into manhood. Even worse, however, if a Hamar man gets scarred and it is proven that he did not make a kill, he will not be able to live in the village of his family because of the shame he has brought upon them.
If he falls it is a shame, but he can try again. All Hamar women do this to make themselves beautiful, just like we knock out our bottom two teeth for similar reasons. Largely undisturbed and little visited until the recent influx of tourism development, it is in this harsh environment that exotic tribes with animistic religions and ancient customs have remained relatively intact. A widow also has power over her husbands younger brothers (and their livestock) if their parents are already dead. The maza also paint their faces to look like leopards; either they paint their cheeks red and put white spots on top, or they paint them white and add red spots. Hamer men, often families will pool their livestock and labour to herd their cattle together.
Let us kick them, let us punch them, so that they may whip us! Female relatives trek to the village of their beloved over distances that sometimes reach twenty or more miles. Thus, if a Hamar man wants to become an acceptable member of society, he must purify himself by performing this rite of passage. The most famous hair style is when their hair is in short tufts rolled in ochre and fat or in long twisted strands.