The Hamer ethnic group occupies the south western region of Ethiopia, in a fertile part of the Omo River where they farm and rear cattle. They are mostly pastoralists who greatly treasure their cattle. Until today, few of their children attend school, most learn from their parents.
The tribe has unique rituals such as a cattle leaping ceremony that men go through in order to reach adulthood.
Young women get whipped to prove their love for their kinsmen and not allowed to cry or scream while beaten. They believe the elaborate scars demonstrate a woman's capacity for love, and if they fall on hard times later in life it allows them to call on those who lashed them for help.
Their traditional food comes in the form of a cow's blood and milk mixture, served regularly to the men by women from the village. This traditional practices still go on until today.
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